Bukayo Saka has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season.
The versatile winger hasn’t looked back since breaking into Mikel Arteta’s plans last season, scoring six and assisting seven so far this season.
But there is plenty to be decided before then with the Gunners battling to get back into European contention while targeting glory in the Europa League.
To meet those objectives, Saka will, no doubt, prove critical for Arteta and the Gunners.
The 19-year-old now appears to be very much a winger, despite coming through as a full-back, but that versatility is part of his quality, according to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.
He told talkSPORT: “From Saka’s point of view, where’s his best position? Sometimes he starts on the right side behind the striker then next minute there’s a couple of substitutions and he’s at left-back!
“His all round game means he can play anywhere. The only position I’m guessing he can’t play or I haven’t seen him play, is centre-half.”
It’s a supreme footballing intelligence that has allowed Saka to be so versatile, and that’s something former Gunners favourite Cesc Fabregas agrees with.
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“Saka is such a good player. Such a maturity and intelligence for his age. Game changer,” Fabregas tweeted, after the Gunners’ Europa League win over Benfica last week.
Saka was given a rest last time out, starting from the bench for the Gunners’ win over Leicester City, but he is expected to return to Arteta’s starting XI for the trip to Burnley this weekend.