Bukayo Saka was handed his professional debut by Unai Emery shortly after his 17th birthday at the beginning of the 2018/19 season, but it wasn’t until 2019/20 that he started featuring regularly in Arsenal’s first team. An academy product who was developed and first featured for Arsenal as a winger, Saka earned the trust of manager Mikel Arteta when deputising at left-back following a spate of first-team injuries. However, he has since not only moved forward into his favoured position as a wide attacking midfielder; he has also become one of Arsenal’s most important players before even turning 20. From a young age, Saka is showing the determination required to become an elite player.
“He’s really humble, really respectful and at the same time has that character to demand the ball, to make decisions that are not very usual for his age,” Arteta said. “We need that leadership, and he’s gaining that with his attitude and his performances. All the time, he’s asking to train more to improve in areas that he can do better.”