Mikel Arteta praised the management qualities of Bukayo Saka after the 19-year-old shone in Arsenal’s comeback win at Southampton.
The Gunners fell behind to an early Stuart Armstrong strike, however rallied to steer on the interval courtesy of Nicolas Pepe and Saka, with the England worldwide then teeing up Alexandre Lacazette to finish the 3-1 victory.
Saka’s objective was his fifth within the Premier League this season – greater than all different youngsters within the division mixed.
He has been spectacular in latest weeks and has taken on a pivotal function within the Arsenal assault, having beforehand moved throughout the pitch to cowl a number of completely different positions.
However it’s also his skill to drive the workforce ahead which has left a mark on Arteta, who admits such a standing is just not normally seen in somebody so younger.
“He’s acquired that,” he replied when requested about Saka being a frontrunner on the pitch.
“He’s actually humble, actually respectful, however on the similar time he’s acquired that character inside him and on the pitch he can demand the ball.
We want that management and he is gaining that along with his performances and perspective across the workforce
– Mikel Arteta on Bukayo Saka
“He could make actions and choices that isn’t very normal at his age.
“That’s one thing that’s nice as a result of we’d like that management and he’s gaining that along with his performances and perspective across the workforce.”
Arteta beforehand labored with Raheem Sterling at Manchester Metropolis and noticed the ahead flourish after including objectives to his all-round recreation – one thing Saka is now replicating.
“Bukayo is doing very well and is at all times asking to coach extra and enhance in areas that he can do higher,” added the Spaniard.
Saka scored his fifth Premier League objective of the season within the win at St Mary’s (Frank Augstein/PA).
“That (scoring) was definitely one, at producing the ultimate bit within the field to attain or help, and he’s doing that rather more usually.
“He’s ready to try this with the work he has put in and the intelligence he’s proven on the pitch, and with the capability he has to grasp the sport from completely different positions he turns into a extremely full participant.”
Saka himself insists simply dwelling out his dream of taking part in for Arsenal is sufficient to give him the will to play nicely and win.
“I’m simply completely happy to be taking part in for Arsenal,” he instructed the membership’s official web site.
“It’s a dream so I simply have the fervour once I get on the pitch. The boss makes every thing clear for me and on the similar time offers me the liberty to go and do what I need to do within the closing third.”
Southampton, having crushed Arsenal simply three days earlier within the FA Cup fourth spherical, have now gained simply one among their final seven league outings.
Yan Valery got here into the aspect to switch the injured Kyle Walker-Peters on Tuesday evening and says classes should be taken from the newest setback forward of Saturday’s go to of Aston Villa.
Yan Valery (left) got here into the Southampton aspect in opposition to Arsenal (Frank Augstein/PA).
“We began the sport proper and scored the primary objective, however after that we made just a few errors and I feel all of the objectives got here from our errors,” he mentioned.
“Now we have to simply be taught from it and transfer on. Within the second half we began good as nicely, however, after they scored the third one, we simply gave up.
“We must be prepared for Saturday and go once more. Now we have executed every thing proper within the first half of the season, so I don’t know why it wouldn’t occur once more within the second half.”
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