Arsenal's Bukayo Saka (left) celebrates with Emile Smith Rowe after scoring against Wolves but it is disallowed after a VAR check during the Premier League match at the Molineux Stadium, February 2021

Comparing Arsenal’s record with and without Saka & Smith Rowe in 2020-21

After coming through the Arsenal academy, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have become integral first-team players for Mikel Arteta’s side. 

While several Arsenal players have been criticised for their performances during a really difficult season, the talented duo have been the two bright sparks for the Gunners.

We’ve taken a look at Arsenal’s Premier League record in 2020-21 when Saka and Smith Rowe both start and compared it to their record when at least one of them doesn’t start. 

With Saka and Smith Rowe starting 

Played: 10
Won: 7
Drawn: 1
Lost: 2

Goals for: 21
Goals against: 8

Points per game: 2.2
Win rate: 70%
Loss rate: 20%

Goals per game: 2.1
Goals against per game: 0.8

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Without both Saka and Smith Rowe starting 

Played: 20
Won: 5
Drawn: 5
Lost: 10

Goals for: 19
Goals against: 27

Points per game: 1.0
Win rate: 25%
Loss rate: 50%

Goals per game: 0.95
Goals against per game: 1.35

The next time Arsenal are in action, make sure you check whether Saka and Smith Rowe are playing before consulting the football odds.

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