Bukayo Saka provided his 9th assist of the season last night, for Alexandre Lacazette’s match-wining goal in the 1-0 defeat of Olympiacos in the Europa League.
The 18 year old’s star is very much on the rise, after a breakthrough season in which he’s been one of our most impressive performers.
When a young player does what he’s been doing, questions about him are inevitable, and visions of the player he might become flash around in the minds of fans.
If we’re impressed, so too is Mikel Arteta, but not just because of what he’s producing on the pitch, but the way he’s handling himself off it too.
“I’m really pleased with the way he’s developed, said the manager. “And I’m really pleased with the way he’s handling these situations because there’s a lot of highlight on him at the moment, but he’s still really humble.
“He’s still as keen to meet with my assistant, willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he makes big decisions in the final third. He’s not someone who hides.
“He’s got the vision and the ability to execute when the spaces are really tight. That’s a gift.”
It will be interesting to see how we manage him as the season goes on, but for now let’s enjoy an Academy kid tearing it up for the Arsenal.