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Arteta reflects on Saka’s rise to prominence

Posted on October 12, 2020 by Harry Kettle

While plenty of Arsenal players may have been able to make an impact during the international break thus far, many Gunners fans were particularly proud and pleased to see Bukayo Saka get his chance to shine as an England international.

There are some big expectations currently sitting on the shoulders of Saka and during a recent interview with Arsenal.com, manager Mikel Arteta made it crystal clear that he does believe Saka has the potential to do some great things for the club. After all, he is just 19 years old, and at that age, the sky really is the limit for him.

“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,” our head coach said.

“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.”

Saka is one of many Arsenal stars that seems to possess the potential to be an international star alongside becoming a real domestic hero at the Emirates. Nobody knows how far he can go but the idea that he is on the right track at such a young age is very exciting, and after the international break, he’ll be determined to keep proving himself in the Premier League.

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