Mikel Arteta pinpoints the biggest improvement Bukayo Saka has made since he rejoined Arsenal

Arsenal star Bukayo Saka made his senior England debut in the midweek win over Wales
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka made his senior England debut in the midweek win over Wales (Picture: YouTube)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed the rapid progression of the club’s latest senior England international Bukayo Saka.

The teenager committed his long-term future to the Gunners back in the summer after cementing his place as a regular first team player under Unai Emery’s successor.

Saka’s versatility has rendered him a major asset to Arteta and his early season performances were rewarded with a first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior Three Lions squad last week.

The 19-year-old subsequently made his debut in the 3-0 win over Wales in midweek and Arteta is confident the talented winger will not have been daunted at the prospect of playing alongside so many illustrious names.

Indeed, the Arsenal manager has noted a significant change in Saka’s maturity and personality over the course of the last couple of months and believes he is now fully at ease with his ever increasing status.

Bukayo Saka scored his first ever goal at the Emirates Stadium in last week's win over Sheffield United
Bukayo Saka scored his first ever goal at the Emirates Stadium in last week’s win over Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)

He told Arsenal’s official website: ‘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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