Bukayo Saka is the latest Arsenal player to back Mikel Arteta’s methods explaining that little tweaks are already paying dividends on the pitch.
While the Spaniard is yet to taste victory as head coach, supporters have noted a more positive playing style in the games against Bournemouth and Manchester City.
Having revealed earlier this season that he regularly turned to Freddie Ljungberg for an interpretation of Unai Emery’s instructions, the 18-year-old says it’s positive and exciting to work with a coach who has a clear strategy.
“He’s someone who understands the players, understands the club and all the ideas that he’s bringing in,” he told Arsenal.com.
“He has a clear strategy of how he wants us to play and we’re just really excited to work with him.”
In the absence of Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney, Saka has been asked to deputise at left-back. Not only is he honing the defensive side of his game on the job, he also says Arteta is helping him with his decision-making on the ball.
“He’s teaching us little things that we didn’t know before and just bringing in his own strategies, his own ways of playing,” he said. “We can see that it’s going to work, we’re just looking forward to doing it.
“Maybe one thing that I’ve picked up straight away is that when nobody’s pressing you, you don’t need to pass the ball. What you can do is just get the ball, drive the ball forward a bit and wait for someone to come to you, commit a player, then pass it.
“Then that man will be free or that man will have less pressure on him. It’s just attracting players before you pass the ball off, which will help our team-mates a lot on the pitch.
“He has his own way, his own philosophy and he’s even talked about bringing his own philosophy to the club, to try to bring the club back to the direction we need to be in.
“We need to win games and win trophies, so I feel like he has that vision and that strategy. He knows how he wants us to get there. If we can be on board and do what he wants us to, we’ll do well.”