Bukayo Saka on his debut, acknowledges Emery's Influence, and captaincy experience

"For me, it was really special. I can never forget him - he's the one that gave me my debut."- Saka said.

by Sead Dedovic
Bukayo Saka on his debut, acknowledges Emery's Influence, and captaincy experience
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Bukayo Saka is currently one of Arsenal's best players, although he is not excelling this season. However, this great winger is doing his best to regain his form and be one of the best in Europe again. Saka still hasn't forgotten his debut that happened in 2018. The manager of Arsenal at the time, Unai Emery, gave him a chance. Saka is happy that he had the opportunity to play under such a coach.

Unai Emery
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After all, Emery gave him a lot of chances considering that he saw that Saka is a footballer who has enormous talent. Over time, Saka became a key player for his team. For him, the most important thing is that Emery recognized his talent and understood that he could be of great help to the team.

"For me, it was really special. I can never forget him - he's the one that gave me my debut.
Obviously you can see all the work put in to get to that stage. He gave me that moment and gave me a lot of confidence as well.
He gave me so many more appearances so I'm always grateful to him. I'm really happy for him. Every time we play against him, I always try and say hello to him and say thank you as well.
He was a really nice man and a really nice coach as well and I enjoyed my time under him."
- he said, as quoted by EUROSPORT

The great English winger is happy to also have the chance to play under Mikel Arteta. After the departure of Emery, the Spaniard had a difficult task ahead of him, but he showed much more than his predecessor. Saka shared his perspective on Mikel Arteta's coaching approach, emphasizing that Arteta was very focused and direct in his approach from the beginning. According to Saka, Arteta included him in a game shortly after joining the team, signaling to Saka that the coach had faith in his skills. As Saka continued to be selected for subsequent matches, he consistently felt Arteta's confidence and belief in him. This consistent trust and support motivated Saka to feel a sense of responsibility to contribute positively to the team and demonstrate his gratitude for the coach's trust.

Bukayo Saka talks about the rivalry with Manchester City

Last season, Arsenal played great, and they fought until the last moment to become champions. Nevertheless, Manchester City showed that they are a more experienced and better team, and they managed to lift the Premier League trophy. Arsenal started this season brilliantly, but in the last few matches, you could feel that they were missing something.

He pointed out that their victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in August was a crucial moment for the team. According to Saka, this win boosted the team's confidence, showing that they could successfully compete against City, who had been strong opponents. Manchester City has been the dominant team in England for years. To beat such a team is impressive.

Highlighting the significance of the victory, Saka mentioned the rarity of beating City in recent history. While winning trophies is always exciting for a player, overcoming City, a significant rival, held special importance for him and the team. Saka expressed that breaking the pattern of struggling against City made the triumph even more meaningful for them. Arsenal showed that they have the strength to fight against the best teams. When you realize that you have the quality and ability to beat the strongest teams in Europe, your morale and confidence will naturally increase.

Bukayo Saka was the captain of the team in October in the match against Sheffield United. When you are a child of a club like Arsenal, then you surely dream of wearing the captain's armband one day. Saka made his dream come true. Although it was strange for many to see him as captain, and even for him, Saka coped brilliantly in his new role and showed that he has the prospect of becoming the leader of this team in the future.

"I don't know if I can say this is the biggest moment for me. I've been at Arsenal my whole life so to wear that band was really special. To be able to lead the boys out and speak to them was funny. I'm still quite young and obviously me speaking in the team talks, some of the boys found it funny. I was a really nice moment for me and we won the game 5-0 so this is a day I will never forget and I've got that armband in my house, in my room on top of my bed."