Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka has made it clear that he is still striving to improve his game.
Bukayo Saka is aware that he still has plenty of room to improve, and has publicly discussed the elements of his game that he is focusing on.
At just 21-years-old, Saka has already reached an outstanding level. He underlined his quality again on Saturday with a stunning strike from range to seal the win for Arsenal against Nottingham Forest.
Saka was an ever-present figure for the Gunners last season, making 38 Premier League appearances, and racking up 14 goals and 11 assists. The young winger continues to improve under Mikel Arteta’s guidance and has established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in world football. His £195,000-a-week contract already seems like a bargain for Arsenal.
On top of that, the Hale End academy product has no intention of slowing down. Speaking after the win over Nottingham Forest, Saka addressed his desire to develop further, saying, “I have a lot to improve. I think dealing with different games, like for example playing against two-v-one, how I’m going to manage myself…Then of course my right foot, my heading, there’s a lot of things to improve,” as quoted by TNT Sports.
The prospect of Saka becoming an even more well-rounded player is a tantalising one for Arteta and the Emirates Stadium faithful.
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The areas for improvement that Saka mentions are also interesting. If he can become stronger on his right foot he will become even harder for opposition full-backs to defend against, as he will remain a threat no matter which way they attempt to shepherd him.
Equally, his desire to become better in the air stands out as a particularly intriguing target. At 5’10”, the 28-cap England international is not currently a hugely effective aerial presence. However, he has the athleticism and intelligence of movement to offset his disadvantages in this area. If Saka can make himself a danger to opponents in the air as well then he will be a complete nightmare to account for as a defender.
Arteta will be delighted to hear Saka speaking so ardently about his desire to improve. Given his age and achievements so far, it is hard to predict just how high the young Arsenal man’s ceiling is.