Bukayo Saka is the real deal.
The 19-year-old scored again on Thursday night to ensure Arsenal took a draw from their Europa League Round of 32 first leg with Benfica in Rome, his sixth of the season.
Saka made his breakthrough last season and he hasn’t looked back, transitioning from dynamic full-back to an attacking force on the wing.
Having won the Arsenal player of the month award for the last two months, the youngster is already a shoe-in for the player of the year award with months still remaining of the season, hitting his best form of late with four goals in his last eight appearances.
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And at this point, one thing has become very clear – Mikel Arteta must use Saka as a winger.
He might have played deeper earlier in his young career, but Saka is doing his best work on the wing, and that is proven by a statistic from Premier League Panel.
The Twitter page highlighted that Saka now has a combined goal and assist total of 11 from just 13 starts when starting in the right wing position.
And that’s not all. At the tender age of 19, Saka is third when it comes to the most goal involvements at Arsenal, racking up a total of 10 so far this season.
Only Alexandre Lacazette, with 13, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with 12, have more than Saka so far this season, and given his current form, the youngster could well end up on top of that list.
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