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‘He will score a lot of goals’: Mikel Arteta raves about dazzling Arsenal 18-year-old

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‘He will score a lot of goals’: Mikel Arteta raves about dazzling Arsenal 18-year-old

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has once again waxed lyrical about Gunners academy graduate Bukayo Saka, tipping him to score a lot of goals in future.

The 18-year-old has made a major impact this season, clocking up 35 appearances in all competitions and weighing in with four goals and 11 assists so far.

Saka added one more assist to his tally against Leicester City on Tuesday night, sending a low delivery right into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who made no mistake from close range.

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The Gunners prodigy, who signed a new long-term contract last week, has continued to excel having moved from his makeshift left-back role into a more advanced position.

Arteta praised Saka’s ability to see things even more clearly as he enters the final third, on top of his great finishing with both feet, and reckons he’ll get even more goals of his own.

Asked by Football London whether he was surprised by Saka’s form, Arteta replied: “No. He’s really good.

 

“Really accurate and very precise in the final third, the closer he gets to the box actually the picture is clearer for him. That’s why he’s made so many assists.

“He will score a lot of goals because he has a really good quality in terms of finishing with both feet.

“He’s learning a new position, had some difficulties but he read some situations really well and was a threat.”

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For a player to claim 11 assists in 36 games is a feat in itself, but when you consider that this is Saka’s breakthrough season and he’s just 18, it makes you realise just what a prodigy Arsenal have on their books.

The Gunners may not have had the best season but there are some absolutely incredible youngsters who have come through the ranks – or in Gabriel Martinelli’s case, snapped up for a bargain price – and are proving a joy to watch, which bodes so well for the future.

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