Mikel Arteta admits that England forward Bukayo Saka has earned the respect of everyone at the club despite the European loss.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits that teenage player Bukayo Saka has earned the respect of everyone at the club.
The teenager was one of the best players in Arsenal last season which led him to win the player of the season for the club.
Saka was selected by Gareth Southgate for the European League which he also played an important role for the three Lions.
Bukayo Saka recently received racial abuse together with Manchester United duo Rashford and Sancho for missing from the spot kick in the final.
While speaking with the media Arteta believes the teenager is fine despite what happened in the Euro.
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“He’s fine. Obviously he had some tough days after what happened in the final but I think you have to look at the whole picture.
“This kid, at 19 years old, has played almost every game in the Premier League. He was our Player of the Season, I think he has earned the respect and admiration of everyone at the football club.
“He has earned that with his behaviour, his talent and with the way he is. That’s going to be there for the rest of his life.”
The Spaniard hails the maturity of Saka and the ability to push others to success where ever he is.
The manager insists that that the teenager will have cope with the expectation of improvement throughout his career.
“The maturity that he has shown at his age is pretty special, I have not seen many of those – and now he is going to have to cope with other things over the next year, it is going to be about expectations.”