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What Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta shouted at Bukayo Saka last night

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Arsenal scored three past West Bromwich Albion last night and although Bukayo Saka didn’t score, he was the star of the show.

The teenager assisted Emile Smith Rowe to help Arsenal open the scoring and he could easily have picked up two more assists. West Brom couldn’t handle him on that left flank, and Mikel Arteta’s guidance from the touchline was key.

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It has been a long time since Saka started a game at left-back. Even when Kieran Tierney was out injured, Arteta preferred Cedric Soares or Granit Xhaka there instead of the young Englishman. Many expected that to have a negative impact last night, but it didn’t.

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How Arteta assisted Saka from the touchline

Being a natural attacker, Saka’s primary instinct was to cut inside. However, Arteta prefers his full-backs to stay wide more often than not, and he had to remind his teenage sensation to maintain that positional discipline on more than one occasion.

At one moment of the game, Arteta screamed at Saka: “B, wider! Not wide enough!” (Football London)

Saka heard the message loud and clear and drifted back to where his manager wanted him to be. That helped him combine really well with Willian on the left-wing and cause havoc to West Brom, especially in the first half.

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At another moment in the game, Arteta had to remind a jogging Saka to rush forward and help Willian out with an overlapping run. “B, second ball – go!”, said the Gunners boss from the touchline. (Football London)

The teenager, once again, got the message, did exactly what he was told, and remained a threat on the left flank.

Arteta’s guidance from the touchline is a huge help to all our young players. However, it will be interesting to see how the Arsenal boss will convey his message once the fans return to the stadiums.

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