The spirit in the Arsenal camp has been lifted with the arrival of manager Mikel Arteta. The side is more honest with its defensive duties around the pitch, there is a clear instruction from the manager that energy is key to the way they must play. The team has been boosted by the back to basics approach the manager has, it is very pleasing for the fans to watch the likes of Torreira play in his natural position. The fans have been treated to a bit of an unexpected treat this season after Sead Kolasinac went down, with Kieran Tierney already side-lined for most of the season there was a gap at the left back.
It came as no surprise when Bukayo Saka was handed the job as a makeshift left back when the team needed someone as cover. He has played at left back for five matches out of the seven that Mikel Arteta has managed and to say he has done a good job would be a bit of an understatement. Saka has shone in his five games at left back although some lapses in concentration have led to his side conceding two goals versus Chelsea (at the Emirates) and Crystal Palace. His overall performances have drawn praise from the manager, media and the fans, which got me thinking. Could be Bukayo Saka be the best player of the Arteta era thus far?
Bukayo Saka since Mikel Arteta’s arrival:
•7 tackles won.
•20 duels won.
•5 fouls won.
•149 accurate passes.
•6 accurate long balls
•2 key passes
•3/4 dribbles completed
The consistent level with which he has shown and his comments about how comfortable the role is slowly becoming to him, has got tongues wagging about how Arsenal could have accidentally got their hands on another versatile youngster.