Arteta praises competitive edge from Saka this season

Arteta hails Saka’s positive impact ahead of Arsenal milestone

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed Bukayo Saka for the competitive edge he has built this season.

The 22-year-old Anglo-Nigerian star has been instrumental in  the Gunners’ charge towards the Premier League title this term, netting his 16th goal in the top flight in their 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

It took his tally to 20 goals in all competitions, becoming the first Arsenal player to reach that mark since Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did with 29 goals during the 2019-20 season.

He is also the first English player to reach that milestone in an Arsenal shirt since Theo Walcott did during the 2012-13 season.

“The level of consistency compared to last year is very similar,” Arteta said of Saka

“Probably there are areas in the game where he’s become more effective. I see a different edge from him, the way he competes.

“Not the way he plays, but the way he competes, and he loves winning more than three months ago, six months ago, a year ago and now that is something that hopefully is in his system.”

Arsenal remain one point clear at top of the table ahead of Manchester City who have a game in hand.

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