Bukayo Saka was handed his professional debut by Unai Emery shortly after his 17th birthday at the beginning of 2018/19, but it wasn’t until 2019/20 that he featured regularly in Arsenal’s first team. An academy product who developed and first featured as a winger, Saka, under Mikel Arteta, deputised at left-back following injuries to Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, and learned at the highest level with impressive maturity.
“He’s learning to adapt and to sacrifice for the team,” Arteta said. “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.”