Arsenal youth team player, Bukayo Saka is relishing the opportunity to be part of The Gunners’ pre-season tour, which he says has given him and other youngsters at the London club opportunities to show their potentials and cement their status as a special part of the club’s future.
The 17-year-old Saka, who has featured in all three of Arsenal’s pre-season fixtures so far this summer, during which he scored in a 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids of USA, enthused that he and other kids in the squad are The Gunners’ next generation of potential stars.
Megasportsarena.com reports that the dark-skinned winger is part of the array of whiz-kids called upon by Arsenal’s Spanish gaffer, Unai Emery to fill in for a plethora of first team players still away on international duty with their respective nations.
After helping the squad to three successive wins, in which seven of their eight goals have been scored by players aged 20 or under, Saka thanked Emery for the opportunity to showcase his talent and praised the under-23 team’s coach, Freddie Ljungberg, who has been promoted to assistant first-team, for supporting the gaffer with useful tips about the kids.
Saka said: “The players coming up from the academy are so special. The next generation of us can be in this Arsenal team and take on the world.
“Freddie helps Unai know who we are, our strengths and weaknesses and comes to us individually and tells us what we need to do from Unai.
“From the U15s, I worked with him. It has been a long journey but I feel like we both deserve it.
“Unai does not have to speak to us directly, Freddie comes and tells us what we need to do.
“The boss is doing a good job of managing all of us, helping us to progress every day and to learn.
“It makes the transition from the academy to the first team much smoother. When I get the chance, then I can take it.
“I just have to keep pushing. Showing the boss what I can do and when the time comes, I am ready to play.”