Wright tells Arsenal boss Arteta what he "has to" do with Saka and Odegaard

Ian Wright has called on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to give Bukayo Saka a home on the right of the Gunners attack, and sanction a permanent deal for the on-loan Martin Odegaard.

The pair impressed at the weekend as the Gunners beat Leeds United 4-2 in a match that featured a hat-trick for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Wright says that Saka and Odegaard can help the Arsenal captain unlock his goalscoring talent.

Speaking about Saka on the 'Wrighty's House' podcast, he said: "He is a generational talent.

"What he’s doing right now, holding up the club and everything he’s doing, his form. And people talk about Serge Gnabry but Serge Gnabry wasn’t doing what Bukayo is doing at this particular time.

"What was really noticeable the other day – and I know Mikel is saying he could have used him on the left – but on the right he definitely gives more.

"That man has to be played in an offensive role for Arsenal. He has to, especially now we’ve got Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe.

"He should be played where he can do the most damage and at the moment that’s from the right."

Wright added that a permanent deal for Odegaard, who is on loan from Real Madrid, should now be a priority for Arsenal

"We have to [sign him permanently]!" he said.

"You’ve got Aubameyang and we’re talking about an elite striker. It’s no coincidence that he’s got these three creative players behind him now when he didn’t before.

"Before Emile Smith Rowe got in there he only had Bukayo Saka so we’re talking about somebody who needed these guys to do what we saw them do against Leeds because he could have scored five goals.

"I was always in Aubameyang’s corner. People were saying, 'He’s not getting service' and he f***ing wasn’t!

"The reason why we’ve signed Aubameyang on that kind of contract is for what he can do in front of goal.

"Now he’s got three guys behind him, I know it’s a bit early with Odegaard, but what I’ve seen and the composure he’s got, how beautiful he plays the game.

"Then there’s Saka and Emile Smith Rowe."

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