Mikel Arteta’s side held on for a point at Elland Road after they were reduced to ten men for 40 minutes following Nicolas Pepe’s sending off in Yorkshire.
Arsenal retreated deeper following Pepe’s dismissal but they had the best opportunity of the game to snatch all three points when Saka, a late substitute, was put through on goal.
The England international failed to convert but Saka gave Arsenal more creativity in his half an hour on the field than his team-mates managed in the previous sixty minutes.
Wright defended Saka for missing such a golden opportunity and said the fact the chance landed to him shows he needs to start for the Gunners.
‘You like to think with the time he had, you think ‘can he take it there?’ that was his opportunity but we’re talking about an 18-year-old that we’re putting a lot on in terms of expectation for Arsenal,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.
‘He’s come off the bench and was arguably our best creative player that we had on the pitch.
‘As time goes on he’ll learn he could have maybe taken that a bit quicker but it was a chance that if Arsenal could have won the game with that you’d have said we got away with one.
‘Hopefully he’s not too bad with the injury because we need him. You can see that. We need that guy.’
Pepe’s red card means the Ivorian will miss the next three matches against Wolves, Burnley and Spurs.
Arsenal face Molde in Norway on Thursday in the Europa League before taking on Wolves at the Emirates.