Arsenal supporters enjoyed a great end to last week as they beat Southampton and they advanced to the semi-finals in the FA Cup after beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Manager Mikel Arteta made many changes to the Arsenal squad, but left Bukayo Saka in the starting eleven, which would have shocked some fans who probably would have thought he would be rested for the upcoming Premier League fixture against Norwich.
Since football has returned he has started in all four fixtures, and after the match, former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie was speaking about the youngster on BT Sport, via Football.London, and said: “I’m a huge fan of his. He can play as a defender, he can play midfield, striker, not the main striker but on the wing.”
He also went on to label the youngster as “multi-talented.”
This is high praise from a legendary former Premier League striker and it’s hard to disagree with the Dutchman. In his breakthrough season, the 18 year-old has played eleven times as a left-back, seven times as a left-winger, twice as an attacking midfielder and once as a left midfielder, per Transfermarkt. He has made 33 appearances overall, scoring three times and picking up ten assists. He has also managed 1.4 tackles a game, per WhoScored, which highlights he has been good defensively as well.
To be so crucial in Arteta’s squad in multiple positions at such a young age, provide a very impressive goal contribution tally and receive high praise from former players like Van Persie emphasises the potential Saka has and hopefully he can continue to get even better and perhaps help Arsenal win the FA Cup this campaign.
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