Monday Feb 10, 2020. 14:00
Bukayo Saka has “improved enormously” as a makeshift left-back for Arsenal, according to English football pundit Tony Cascarino.
The 18-year-old, who is an English national of Nigerian descent, has predominantly played as a winger in his early career, but recent injuries to Sead Kolašinac and Kieran Tierney has seen the youngster deployed in the relatively unfamiliar role of left-back.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has succeeded in making the team hard to beat in his tenure thus far, and his willingness to experiment has helped the likes of Saka to thrive for the Gunners.
The player delivered arguably his best performance in a domestic match this season as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup on January 27.
“Saka at left-back has done brilliantly well,” Cascarino was quoted by talkSPORT.
“I mean, that was a big decision because he looked very raw and quite naive as a left-back when he first got into the team, and I think under Arteta he has improved enormously.
“I do think they are better defensively, I think they are a better team without the ball.”
Saka will hope to impress again when Arsenal return from a recent warm-weather training camp in Dubai and resume their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Newcastle United on Sunday 16 February.