Arsenal technical director Edu has waxed lyrical about Bukayo Saka’s character in an interview with the official Gunners site.
The Brazilian spoke after both the prodigious left-back and teammate Gabriel Martinelli penned new contracts at the Emirates Stadium.
Saka, 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, the 18-year-old 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.
The England Under-19 international’s previous £3,000-per-week deal was set to expire in the summer of 2021 and it had apparently caught the eye of some big sides including Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool.
When asked about Saka’s character off the pitch, Edu replied: “He’s the one which we are really proud of because for myself, since I joined the club, I started to know the players, to get with the players and I saw from the beginning Bukayo, his behaviour, the way he speaks to you guys, the way he speaks to me, to the coach, the players.
“The ways he speaks to everybody is so nice, and I had the opportunity to meet his family as well. When I met his dad, his mum, his brother, I saw where Bukayo has come from properly.
“The family is similar to him. We say, ‘He has got his feet on the floor’ in Portuguese. Everybody is so nice and I’m proud, I’m proud. I really love it when you see a player with that behaviour and that potential, that mentality to succeed. That’s beautiful.”
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 two prodigious players who look set to be key in the team’s future.
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 from the 5ft 10in prodigy on and off the pitch, which is amazing news for everyone connected with the Gunners.