Bukayo Saka was handed his professional debut by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery shortly after his 17th birthday at the beginning of 2018/19, but it wasn’t until the following campaign that he featured regularly in their first team. An academy product who developed and broke into the first team as a winger, Saka has, under Mikel Arteta, filled a void at left-back created by injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, and has learned on the job at the highest level with impressive maturity.
“He’s learning to adapt and to sacrifice for the team,” Arteta said of the teenager. “If you are moved, to say ‘Okay, now if I do not play good, I have the right excuse because this is not my position’. It’s the complete opposite, he tries to learn, tries to pick things up straight away and tries to be more productive for the team. He has done it really, really well.”