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‘He can give us more’: Arteta blown away by 5ft 10in Arsenal prodigy, will demand more from him

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‘He can give us more’: Arteta blown away by 5ft 10in Arsenal prodigy, will demand more from him

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has waxed lyrical about Bukayo Saka to the club media team after the Gunners youngster signed a new long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old, who came through the club’s academy, has made a major impact this season after making his debut in the Europa League in 2018, clocking up 33 appearances so far.

On Wednesday, Saka put an end to speculation over his future when he signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal, committing his future to the Gunners until the summer of 2024.

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The England Under-19 international’s previous £3,000-per-week deal was set to expire in the summer of 2021.

“Well, I think he is the player that represents every value that this football club stands for,” Arteta told the Arsenal media team of the 5ft 10in prodigy after the 4-0 win over Norwich.

“He’s come through the academy, so big credit to everyone who has been involved in the process of developing the player and the person that he is today.

 

“He’s come into my hands, our hands, really mature, really focused and really well developed in his knowledge about what he needs to do in the game, and it was really important for me to keep him and have big belief in him.

“From now on, I will be demanding more because he can give us more and more hopefully in the future.”

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Amazing how quickly things can change in football – Arsenal’s post-suspension restart yielded two poor displays and defeats, but now the Gunners have won three on the bounce and, better still, secured the signature of one of the best youngsters to come through the academy in recent years.

Saka has shown he’s a cut above, breaking through into the first team and, at just 18 years of age, there is still so much more to come, which is amazing news for everyone connected with the Gunners – so while Arteta will demand more, Saka will give him and the team more, without a doubt.

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