Left-back, wing-back, left-wing, right-wing, number 10 – Bukayo Saka has featured in a number of positions this season and excelled in them all.
Having inherited an injury-hit and unbalanced squad, the 18-year-old’s versatility has been a real plus for Mikel Arteta.
In the week it was confirmed the Academy graduate had signed a four-year deal at the Emirates, the Spaniard says he’s in no rush to pin a single position on the player. Quite the opposite in fact.
“[I see Bukayo] evolving, getting better and getting to understand different positions and finally we will fit him in one that gives the best,” he said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves.
“At the moment, we need him to float a little bit because he gives us a lot of versatility to do different things, even with the same shape.
“He understands the positions really well, he picks the movements, the situations and when to use the spaces really, really quickly.
“He’s very intelligent and I think that’s a really good thing for his development to do that.”
With his star rising, it seems likely that England and Nigeria will go head-to-head for Saka’s services.
So far, the youngster has worn the Three Lions shirt up to under-19 level and Gareth Southgate may well want to bring him into the senior set-up as they gear up for the European Championships which will now be held next summer.
For the time being, Arteta says Saka should just keep his head down.
“He should look to keep performing likes he’s doing, keep training and improving and trying to be the best in training as he can be every day.
“If he does that, we know the potential that he has and things will come to him naturally.”