Arsenal picked up yet another win in the Premier League, this time beating Brighton 1-0 away from home. And young Bukayo Saka was the star of the show for the Gunners.
Saka has been a key player for Arsenal during the 2020-21 season and so far he’s featured in 14 Premier League games for the club. He provided the assist for Lacazette in the 66th minute of the match on Tuesday and in the end, even Graham Potter was also full of praise for the 19-year-old.
“I think Saka has done really well on the halfway line,” he told The Argus. “He has shown a great turn of foot and of pace and that creates the opportunity.
“We recovered a bit too fast and that has opened up the space and that is the bit we can do better. I don’t necessarily think it is down to the substitution. ‘It’s more it is that footballing action which Saka does. We didn’t adjust to that well enough.”
The Arsenal academy graduate clearly has the potential to be the next best thing at the Emirates but manager Mikel Arteta has made it very clear that Bukayo Saka will have to be protected in order to make sure he does not turn out to be a wasted talent.
“I would like everybody to be cautious, let him be and let him develop,” Arteta said after the Brighton game. “I think he’s having the right progression. I think he has the right people around him in his house, in his entourage.
“And he’s got the right team-mates as well to support him all the time, giving him confidence and keeping his feet on the floor. Then hopefully we can be the right coaches around him and the right club to see the player that he can be in the future.”
Bukayo Saka rose into prominence last season but due to the absence of Tierney, the youngster mostly played at left-back. This season though he’s playing in his usual role and the positive results are there for everyone to see.
But despite his meteoric rise Arsenal are surely going to bring in a number of new signings over the next few transfer windows so it will be interesting to see if Mikel Arteta still ranks Bukayo Saka as highly as he’s doing today.