Bukayo Saka has dismissed fears of burnout as he remains focused on becoming one of the best players in the world.
Concerns are building over Saka who has featured in 77 games for club and country since the start of last season, despite carrying various knocks and facing rough treatment from defenders each week.
However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stressed that top players must be available “every week” and the 22-year-old was clear in echoing that sentiment.
“I’m really focused on the next coming games and what I can do for the team,” he told Standard Sport.
“My focus is not really there [on talk of burning out]. I always want to be on the pitch, to give my best, and if I’m injured and I have to be forced to be out, then of course I will sit out.
“But as long I’m there and I’m ready to play, I am always going to give my best and tell them that I want to play.”
“When you look at the top players, they are there every three days and winning games for their team. So I’m trying to be at that level, and obviously to get there I need to push myself.
Saka – who captained Arsenal for the first time on Saturday – believes the Gunners are starting to click after beating Sheffield United 5-0 to maintain their unbeaten league start.
“We just have to take into account the results that we’ve been getting,” he added.
“We are close to the top of the table, we are top of our Champions League group and still in all the other competitions.
“That is something we can be proud of, but there is another level for us to go to. We are pushing and after scoring five goals (against Sheffield United), we are getting closer to it.”