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Mikel Arteta shares what he told Gareth Southgate about Bukayo Saka before Euro 2020

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has shared the conversation he had with England manager Gareth Southgate about Bukayo Saka before the start of Euro 2020.

The Three Lions had a fantastic campaign and made it all the way into the final. They were absolutely outstanding throughout, but sadly, they fell at the final hurdle, and Saka was the centre of attention.

The teenager was given the burden of taking the most important penalty in England’s history. The Three Lions would’ve stayed in the game if Saka had converted his spot-kick, but unfortunately, he missed.

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The whole country has shown immense support to Saka over the last few days. He has received a ton of love from everyone at Arsenal and across the globe, and he deserves nothing less.

Arteta: I told Gareth Southgate that Bukayo Saka can be a star

Arteta was asked about his opinion of Saka throughout the competition and the Arsenal boss claimed that he wasn’t surprised by how good the teenager was. The Spaniard revealed that he even told Southgate before the tournament began that the kid will push everybody in the squad, and he did just that.

The Gunners boss told “I wasn’t surprised (by how good Saka was throughout Euro 2020). I spoke to Gareth before the tournament and we all shared the same opinion on B: that this kid is going to push everybody there, just the way he trains, the way he is, the way he competes.

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“He can be a star in those competitions. The maturity that he has shown at his age is pretty special. I have not seen many of those – and now, he is going to have to cope with other things over the next year, it is going to be about expectations.

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“Can he do it again? Can he raise his game again, can he improve, can he keep making better decisions, be more consistent, start to win more regularly? That is the thing that he needs to do at this very early stage in his career.”

Arteta is absolutely spot on. Saka became a huge star for his country and he will only get better. We can’t wait to have the teenager back at Arsenal, and there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that he will once again be one of our best players next season.

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