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‘He’s become a complete player’ Arteta heaps praise on Bukayo Saka

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was pleased with Bukayo Saka after the youngster put in another fine performance for the Gunners against Southampton.

Bukayo Saka put in another performance as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-1 in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Just days after getting knocked out of the FA Cup by the Saints, the Gunners got their revenge with a result that saw them move into the top half of the league standings.

Much of Arsenal’s good form of late in the Premier League is down to a couple of players that have upped their game. Emile Smith Rowe and Alexandre Lacazette fall in this category but perhaps none has impressed as well as Bukayo Saka.

Since being moved further forward to the right flank, Saka has made six goal contributions in his last six games.

The teenager scored his fifth league goal of the season with a composed finish after getting the better of Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

With that goal, Saka now has the most goals of any teenager in Europe’s top-five leagues.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was pleased with the youngster and heaped praise on the player’s maturity and intelligence on the pitch.

“Bukayo is doing really well and is always asking to train more and improve in areas that he can do better.” the Gunners boss said to the club’s website.

“That was certainly one, at producing the final bit in the box to score or assist, and he’s doing that much more often. He’s able to do that with the work he has put in and the intelligence he’s shown on the pitch, and with the capacity he has to understand the game from different positions. He becomes a really complete player.”

Arteta also admitted he might have to consider sticking with Saka upfront at the moment.

“I think he’s much better when he plays in the last line of our attack.” he continued.

“The truth is that we have only one left-footed full back and sometimes we’ll have to use him there. It’s good for his development as well to play there. Last season he played a lot of games there and became a much better player.”

“He’s got that talent and he’s always keen to play in different positions. But obviously in certain moments, we have to try to find some stability for him. We just need to focus on where we are heading with him.”

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