Schoolboy Saka’s development offers encouragement for Arsenal


Arsenal have a host of impressive talents in their academy setup at present and Bukayo Saka is certainly amongst them.

The winger, who possesses pace and flair in abundance, is still a schoolboy but has been heavily involved for the Gunners at U18 level this season and has been one of the side’s most consistent performers.

Saka’s confidence in taking players on has yielded him much success this season and he has made a significant impact in the U18 league, scoring four times and providing two assists in ten appearances.

In addition, Saka has helped Arsenal U18s to progress in both the FA Youth Cup and the Premier League Cup and if Kwame Ampadu’s side secure any silverware this campaign then the England youth international will certainly have made a significant contribution.

There is a possibility that Saka could break into the U23 squad before the conclusion of the campaign and if he was to fulfil that objective then that would set him up well for next season, when he will be a full-time scholar.

Saka relishes cutting inside and playing precise passes into the path of attackers and he has been brimming with confidence this campaign, which is of little surprise given how impressively he has been playing.

In addition to his attacking attributes, Saka is a hard-working player who takes care not to neglect his defensive responsibilities.

There are many aspects of Saka’s playing style which conjure up memories of when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was playing for Arsenal U18s and the prospect’s ultimate aim will be to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Hale End graduate by eventually making the step up to the first-team.

For a schoolboy, this season couldn’t have gone much better for Saka, who has even made more of an impact than some of the older members of the U18 squad.

It is clear that Saka has been earmarked as a player with vast potential and he will be eager to carry on developing, with the hope being that Arsenal U18s will lift silverware of some description this season.

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