Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has praised Bukayo Saka for making decisions “not usual for his age” following the youngster’s man-of-the-match performance at Southampton.
Saka scored one goal and assisted another as Arsenal beat Southampton 3-1 to climb the top half of the premier league for the first time since mid-November.
Arteta said: “He’s really humble, really respectful and at the same time has that character to demand the ball, to make decisions that are not very usual for his age. We need that leadership and he’s gaining that with his attitude and his performances.
“He’s all the time asking to train more to improve in areas that he can do better. That was certainly one, producing the final bit in the box to score or assist. He’s doing that much more often.
“If he’s able to do that with the intelligence that he has, with the work rate that he shows on the pitch and with the capacity that he has to understand the game in different positions, then he becomes a really different player.”
Arteta also told BT Sport: “He’s been very consistent through the season, we play him in different positions and he is adapting well. His finishing, assisting, link-up play is good, it was a really strong performance today.”