Bukayo Saka says he’s enjoying playing for Arsenal at left-back, and that he’s learning a lot in that position, but insists he sees his future further forward.
The 18 year old has been impressive, particularly under new boss Mikel Arteta, and this season he has more assists than any other player (8), demonstrating how much he can produce in the final third.
And that ability is driving his desire to play as a forward, something he made clear when speaking to the press after the 4-0 win over Newcastle, during which he created a goal for Nicolas Pepe with a clever nutmeg.
I’m really enjoying my football under the new manager,” he said. “It’s not my natural position but he’s given me all the advice I need.
“I’ve got Granit behind, David supporting and speaking to me so it gives me licence to go and express myself in the final third and do what I can do.
“I learned a lot about how wingers in the Premier League play against defenders and how to position myself because in his system it’s different.
“I get to play much higher because the winger comes inside and I get to go.
“There’s a lot of space for me and it’s good for me. I’m playing sort of as a winger when we have the ball but without the ball I have to come back and work on my clearances, my heading and stuff I haven’t worked on my whole life.
“I feel like I’m doing OK right now.”
Insisting that his contractual situation is something he will leave to his agent and the club to sort out, Saka sees his future playing more in the final third.
“I feel like my dream was always to be a winger, to affect games, score goals and get assists,” he said.
“For now I’ll do the job the manager asks me to.”