According to CIES Football Observatory, the most valuable player at Arsenal is worth 20% of their total squad value as Mikel Arteta’s men aim for European qualification.
Although skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been seen as the star man in recent seasons, his age has seen him slip below one of his young team-mates in their net worth.
It won’t surprise many Gunners supporters to read that Bukayo Saka is their most valuable player, with the teenager continuing to impress under Arteta.
Saka has managed 8 goals and 13 assists across 58 appearances under his Spanish manager, forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of Euro 2020.
CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), and they provide a statistical analysis of football.
Their figures report that Saka is now worth as astonishing £100m – £130m, which is a reported 20% of the entire value of the first-team squad.
Although it might not be ideal to rely on a single player, that valuation would mean that the entire squad is worth between £500m and £650m.
Gunners legend Ian Wright recently voiced his concerns over the playing time that Arteta had handed Saka during the early months of the season.
Wright told Optus Sport: “Saka, everybody is worried about him because he is so young and he has the weight of being expected to create for all of Arsenal.”
With Arteta saying: “He's been really important in recent results.
“His form is probably the highest that it's been since I've been here and he's been really consistent. He needs to keep going and (we need to) be wise with him because at the moment he's a big part of the team.
“I think we have to protect him and keep the extractions where they should be, but I’m not going to put a brake on his development or how much he can do week in, week out.
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“We have to support him and give him the best possible advice all the time, and then manage his minutes so he can maintain this level.
“It is (difficult) at the moment because he’s been a real threat. He’s involved in a lot of goals all the time and his consistent performances make him a starter obviously.
“So it’s a fine balance, but at the same time he’s 19 years old and we have to protect him.”
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