Mikel Arteta discusses how Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has evolved

Saka impressing

2019/20 saw Bukayo Saka firmly cement himself as one of the best rising stars not only at Arsenal, but in England overall.

The now 19-year-old notched 38 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners’ senior side last term.

Despite his tender years and lack of first-team action, Saka managed to notch four goals and 11 assists in those ties, with his assist tally the highest of any Arsenal player last term.

Saka’s fine form has continued into the current campaign, with the Arsenal youth netting one and assisting one in five outings for his club.

Such impressive form even saw Saka called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad. He was then handed his senior England debut earlier this week, featuring for 76 minutes as the Three Lions put Wales to the sword by three goals to nil.

Arteta on Saka

As well as his creative spark, Saka is incredibly valuable to both Arsenal and England due to his versatility.

Over the last year and a bit, Saka has lined out at left-wing-back, left-wing, right-wing and as a central midfielder.

And it is this versatility, along with a host of other attributes, that has seen Mikel Arteta heap praise on the youngster recently.

When speaking to Arsenal’s official website, Arteta was discussing Saka’s evolution and went on to name all the areas in which he is improving on such as his physicality, his maturity, his communication and his ability in the final third:

“Absolutely [it’s been crazy] and this is down to all the good work that is being done at Hale End with him, with all the coaches, all the education that he’s been through here and then the type of character and player that he is,

“The way he’s maturing, the way he’s assimilating everything that’s happened to him in the last few months is remarkable. Physically he has evolved. He looks a little bit older. But then how he’s able to read the game, the situation that happens to him, how he resolves the situation, how long it takes to make those decisions.

“His communication has improved a lot towards his team-mates as well because he feels more part of the team, he’s integrated, he feels important in the team I think. Then what he’s able to do with the ball in the final third when things get a little bit difficult, and how he approaches those moments is probably the biggest part of his game.

“What I like about him is that he’s very versatile, he’s really intelligent and that he adapts and has a lot of courage to play the game. It doesn’t matter which position he plays, he acts exactly the same way. He’s so willing to learn and ask the right questions that he can set his own limits.”

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Saka impressing 2019/20 saw Bukayo Saka firmly cement himself as one of the best rising stars not only at Arsenal, but in England overall. The now 19-year-old notched 38 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners’ senior side last term. Despite his tender years and lack of first-team action, Saka managed to notch four goalsFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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