Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Bukayo Saka's future could lie at left back

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised teenager Bukayo Saka’s approach to playing as a makeshift left back, according to Football.London.

Saka came into the team as an exciting winger but Arteta suggested that his future could lie on the left of defence.

He said: “I think he could (have a future at left-back) because he’s willing to learn, he is applying himself big time he is someone that’s has never played (that position) before but he’s really trying to do it as well as possible.

“You can see that he’s got many strengths to play in that position. Obviously he needs games, he needs experience and he needs to improve in some areas but that’s very good.”

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TBR’s View – Full back can be the best way for young players to force their way into elite teams

It’s hard for young players to force their way into the first team at top clubs and getting in at full back is often the best way.

Energy and attacking intent are key and positional errors are sometimes not as ruthlessly exposed as they could be in a central area.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has had to play at full back on both sides to get first team exposure while waiting for a run in his preferred midfield role, and perhaps Saka will need to do similar.

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