Arsenal’s poor start to the season has very few bright moments, with the development of Bukayo Saka being one of them.
Saka has continued his form from last season which saw him earn a pivotal role in England’s EURO 2020 final run.
The youngster won Arsenal’s Player of the Season award last season at the age of just 19, which pays testament to how well he is valued by the Gunners support.
And with Arsenal’s defence being their downfall this season, there is a lot of onus on Saka to be their saviour – which can be hard given the inadequate options around him.
His lung-bursting run saw him win a free-kick against Burnley at the weekend which Martin Odegaard duly scored – earning plaudits for his performance in east Lancashire.
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“We know that he’s a player with an incredible future and is already giving us a lot,” Arteta said on Gabriel.
“He has adapted really well to the league. That’s why we signed him.
“It builds confidence and trust and belief that you can go through difficult moments in matches and still win at the end.
“That’s the outcome we all want.”