The game that surprised Arteta

26 Dec 2021 | 06:34

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has worried about young striker Bukayo Saka after a memorable summer.

This 20-year-old player missed the decisive 11m shot, causing England to lose to Italy in the EURO 2020 final. Despite playing well in the summer, Saka still suffered many criticisms, even division. Racism on social media.

“I was worried with everything that happened in the summer with Saka, but when I met him for the first time after the holidays, I realized that he would cope well with it,” said Arteta.

“Saka’s reaction was incredible and after that, the support he received from everyone in football is what has given him such a big step forward. It gives Saka a lot of peace of mind. It really pushed him forward to say ‘okay, this is just part of the journey’. ”

Saka has continued to play a pivotal role at the Emirates this season, scoring three Premier League goals ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich, while also providing four assists – something he’s vastly improved upon.

The versatile attacker is one of a number of young stars who have flourished under Arteta alongside Emile Smith Rowe, another great talent, as well as Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah. Arteta added: “What I see not only in Bukayo but also in other young men, with their incredible enthusiasm and passion for this club, they are truly ready to bring success to the club. we.”