Bukayo Saka says he’s thankful to departed head coach Unai Emery for the opportunities he was given to impress at first team level.
Only 17 at the time, Saka made his debut for Arsenal as a substitute in the 3-0 win against Ukrainian side Vorskla in last season’s Europa League and he’s not looked back.
He went on to make four appearances last season, was formally promoted to the first team in the summer and has already featured 15 times in the current campaign.
“I have a lot of thanks to give him because he gave me so much confidence,” Saka told the BBC.
“He gave me my debut and he kept pushing me. I am grateful to him always.
“It’s just something I have always dreamed of, coming up from the academy to the first team.”
Saka’s next challenge is to impress new coach Mikel Arteta and he’ll likely have to do so as an auxiliary left-back in the absence of injured duo Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.
“I have heard positive things about him and I am looking forward to working with him,” said Saka.