|Desc||Managers may have come and gone during a season of uncertainty at Arsenal, but there is one thing that nobody is in any doubt about - Bukayo Saka is one of the most promising players to have emerged at the Emirates in years. Indeed, the only doubt surrounding the 18-year-old Londoner is over his best position, with the winger, who netted his first senior goal in the Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt in September, having excelled after being asked to fill in at left-back following injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.|
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2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Credited with a major role in breakthroughs for youngsters like Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, Freddie Ljungberg has become an increasingly important figure at the club] He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players. He helps us every day in training, the matches and before. He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him. Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players, we are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments
2019 11 29 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka on Freddie Ljungberg’s appointment as interim manager] Freddie’s information is vital for me because I play in the same position as him and he’s been a big part in my progress. He gives a lot of advice to me every day but the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble. He’s been with me since I was 15, seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble and to keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player
2019 12 31 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka admits Arsenal need to win games and win trophies after hitting a serious slump] Arteta has his own way, his own philosophy and he’s even talked about bringing his own philosophy to the club, to try to bring the club back to the direction we need to be in. We need to win games and win trophies, so I feel like he has that vision and that strategy. He knows how he wants us to get there. If we can be on board and do what he wants us to, we’ll do well
He’s someone who understands the players, understands the club and all the ideas that he’s bringing in. He has a clear strategy of how he wants us to play and we’re just really excited to work with him. He’s teaching us little things that we didn’t know before and just bringing in his own strategies, his own ways of playing. We can see that it’s going to work, we’re just looking forward to doing it. Maybe one thing that I’ve picked up straight away is that when nobody’s pressing you, you don’t need to pass the ball. What you can do is just get the ball, drive the ball forward a bit and wait for someone to come to you, commit a player, then pass it. Then that man will be free or that man will have less pressure on him. It’s just attracting players before you pass the ball off, which will help our team-mates a lot on the pitch
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka says Mikel Arteta is bringing back Arsenal’s famous passing philosophy] Mikel’s trying to bring back the philosophy, the Arsenal passing way, and I think we played really good football in the first half.
[The teenage winger added on his relationship with Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli] Martinelli & I train a lot together, we speak a lot, we’re good friends, we speak about how we’re going to beat the defenders, get in behind and score goals
2020 02 17 Retrieve
[Sensational Bukayo Saka’s Arsenal learning curve] I was happy for the skill to come off. I just had to keep my composure in finding the right players so we could try and score and not getting carried away with the skill
I’m really enjoying my football under the new manager. It’s an honour to have the most assists in this team because we have some amazing talent and I learn so much from them every day
[Kolasinac is now back to full fitness but Arteta kept faith with Saka against Newcastle] It’s not my natural position but Mikel has given me all the advice I need. I’ve got Granit [Xhaka] behind me, David [Luiz] supporting and speaking to me so it gives me licence to go and express myself in the final third and do what I can do. I’ve learned a lot about how wingers in the Premier League play against defenders and how to position myself because in this system it’s different. I get to play much higher because the winger comes inside and I get to go. So there’s a lot of space for me and it’s good. I’m playing sort of as a winger when we have the ball but without the ball I have to come back and work on my clearances, my heading and stuff I haven’t worked on my whole life. I feel like I’m doing OK right now
[So is left-back a role he can see doing long-term?] No. My dream was always to be a winger, to affect games, score goals and get assists. For now I’ll do the job the manager asks me to.
[Saka has 18 months left on his current deal and Arsenal are understandably keen to get him to commit his future] I just leave all that stuff to my agent and my parents. I just enjoy my football and play my football. They’re sorting it out. Of course I’m enjoying my football, enjoying playing under the new coach so we’ll see what happens
2020 02 21 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka is enjoying an impressive rise to prominence and he was effective again on Thursday] I want to play all the games. I, and we, take this competition seriously because it’s another chance for a trophy and to qualify for the Champions League. So, I want to play all these games and I’m happy the manager made the decision I play the Premier League games and Europa League games as well
2020 02 23 Retrieve
[Long-term it is not where he wants to play, but for now he is just enjoying being involved and making an impact] It’s not my natural position but he [Arteta] has given me all the advice I need. I’ve got Granit [Xhaka] behind and David [Luiz] supporting me. It gives me licence to go and express myself in the final third and do what I can do
I’ve learned a lot about how wingers in the Premier League play against defenders and how to position myself because in this system it’s different. I get to play much higher because the winger comes inside and I get to go. There’s a lot of space and it’s good for me.
[Talks are taking place over a new deal, but sources in north London suggest an agreement remains some way off] I just leave all that stuff to my agent and my parents,. I just enjoy and play my football. Like I said, it’s for my agent. They’re sorting it out. Of course, I’m enjoying playing under the new coach so we’ll see what happens.
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka has represented England at youth level but has yet to receive a senior call. And Southgate could look to rush him into his squad as the Arsenal youngster could yet choose to play for Nigeria, who he qualifies for through both his parents] I am always thinking about it but I haven’t made a decision yet. No-one has been in touch but when I make a decision you will find out.
2020 07 01 Tweet
[Saka tweeted after the announcement of his new deal] London is my home. Arsenal my team. I’m so happy to finally announce my contract extension. I love playing for this club and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. The hard work continues so I can continue living my dream
2020 07 05 Retrieve
[Arsenal brought Wolves’ charge for the top four to a screeching halt with goals from Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette giving the Gunners a 2-0 win at Molineux] It’s been a week that I’ll remember for my whole life
2020 07 05b Retrieve
[Bukayo Saka: A week I’ll always remember after first Premier League goal for Arsenal] It’s been a week that I’ll remember for my whole life. It’s been a great week not just for me, but the Arsenal fans. You can see what the manager is building and we’re really delighted with the results we’re getting and that I can tie down my future here. I’m 18 and it’s been a dream to play for this club. I came up from the academy this season so I feel like I have to take it game by game. Wherever the boss puts me, I have to try and give my best. I’m so grateful to be here
It’s a very big result. We know how good Wolves are, we knew how tough it was going to be out here. We fought for every ball, we fought for every duel and we’re delighted to get the win. We just want to keep building some momentum. I know KT [Kieran Tierney], I know where he likes to cross it… I anticipated that the ball was going to come to the edge of the box so I made sure I was there. When I got the ball, I knew at the far post was where the gaps were going to be and I just tried to guide it there. Luckily, it was a good finish and it went in. We fought for each other together and I feel like that’s why we got it over the line today. The subs that came on helped us so much and they gave us a boost. It feels like we’re more together.