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Robin Van Persie questions Mikel Arteta decision to axe Arsenal star from FA Cup final XI

Mikel Arteta has left Bukayo Saka out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final starting XI (Picture: Getty)

Robin van Persie has questioned Mikel Arteta’s decision to leave Bukayo Saka out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final starting XI against Chelsea.

The versatile teenager has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough season and recently committed his long-term future to the north London club, ending months of uncertainty, by signing a new deal.

Saka has starred a full-back, wing-back and in his favoured position on the wing this term but will begin Saturday’s showpiece occasion on the bench.

Arteta will again utilise the 3-4-3 formation which helped Arsenal cause an upset in last month’s semi-final against Manchester City with Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitlaind-Niles selected at wing-back and record signing Nicolas Pepe retaining his place in attack.

Commenting on Arteta’s decision, Van Persie told BT Sport: ‘ The last few games he hasn’t been playing which is a surprise to me because he’s been playing so well.

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