Arteta admitted that he initially struggled to find the best role for Bukayo Saka in Arsenal and says it took me a while to figure it out.

What makes Bukayo Saka unique is his intelligence

Bukayo established himself as a frequent centre of the Gunners first team at Unai Emery after graduating from the academy in 2018. Mikel has helped the 19-year-old take his game to even greater heights since replacing Emery in a management hot spot, but the Spaniard admits he wasn’t sure how best to use his talents at first.

Mikel Arteta, who signed a three and a half year contract as Arsenal’s new manager in December 2019, has used Bukayo in a wide variety of positions, including as left back, left winger, center midfielder and right winger in an attempt to determine where he is. most effective. The Arsenal boss said it took him a while to figure it out and that’s why he tried to play it in different positions, see how he reacted. He said he wanted to test his temper because he was playing left-back and he knew that was not his ideal position, but he had to go through this period. Asked what makes Bukayo Saka so unique, Mikel said that intelligence, that the brain is the one who makes all the decisions.


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Bukayo was awarded a new four-year contract in the Emirates last July following a flamboyant start to life under Mikel, who gave the teen an even more prominent role during his first full season in charge. England International has 38 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners in 2020-21, scoring seven goals, including a fine solo effort in a 4-0 defeat to Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday. Mikel added on the improvements Bukayo made in the final third that they saw how he could affect the game more and be a real threat.