ARTETA HAPPY WITH SAKA'S ENGLAND INVITATION

Arsenal Football Club manager Mikel Arteta has expressed delight at the invitation of Bukayo Saka to the England national team

ARTETA HAPPY WITH SAKA'S ENGLAND INVITATION

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has stated young player Bukayo Saka fully deserved his maiden call-up to England’s senior national team.

The 19-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for upcoming matches against Wales, Belgium and Denmark on Thursday.

Arteta, a former Everton and Arsenal player said: “I’m extremely happy with him – he totally deserves that chance. He’s a really humble boy who’s willing to learn every single day.

“He works really hard and he has an incredible talent. It’s a combination of everything you need to be successful and I think that call-up is going to fill him with confidence even more, and I’m really happy for him.

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“That ability, versatility and unpredictability that he gives to the team is special. As well, the way he reads the different situations in areas that we want to provoke during games and then also the personality that he plays with.

“He comes here to Anfield and he wants every ball, he works for every challenge and I think he put in a really good performance today.”

Saka had a breakthrough season last term after he helped the Gunners claim the FA Cup, beating Chelsea in the final. He racked up 10 assists for the North Londoners last season.


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