Ian Wright names Bukayo Saka’s best position after Ashley Cole comparison

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Bukayo Saka has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Bukayo Saka’s future will come on the left wing, despite his early promise in a full-back role at the Emirates.

The teenager has been one of the few positives of Arsenal’s campaign and he grabbed an opportunity to play at left-back with both hands after injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.

Saka has spent close to a decade at the club and played on the flank as he came through the academy but he’s provided eight assists and scored four goals from his new-found role in defence.

With players like Dani Alves, Marcelo and Trent-Alexander Arnold proving valuable attacking assets in recent years, the full-back role has become one of the most important positions for attacking teams.

Ian Wright is desperate for Saka to stay (Picture: DAZN)

Ashley Cole came through the Gunners’ academy as a forward player but found a home at left-back when he broke into the first team and the England international was the best in his position for a period of five years between 2005 & 2010.

‘For me he’s a better winger,’ Wright told DAZN.

‘It’s just because of his ability and how good he is that he can play that position. Ashley turned out to be one of the best full-backs in the world but this guy is better further forward.’

Saka has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and the Gunners are yet to make progress in negotiations over a new deal.

The teenager’s representatives believe he deserves a deal that better represents his status as a first team player and Wright believes they are taking the right strategy, citing Callum Hudson-Odoi as proof of what can be earned.

‘He’s right him and his representatives to hold out as best they can because he’s the future of the club,’ continued Wright.

‘They cannot afford to let a player like this leave, When you look at what Callum Hudson-Odoi has done and he’s a year younger. The contract he signed, Saka’s representatives will be saying: ‘Why should I sign for any less?’

‘I believe he will sign but I do think him and his reps are doing the right thing by dragging it out to get the best deal they can. Arsenal is the right place for him at the moment.’

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