With Arsenal’s win over Sheffield United providing a much-needed boost for the Gunners ahead of what is their biggest game of the season this Thursday, one positive popped up from their win over the Blades.
No, not the return to form of Alexandre Lacazette, who seems to be enduring the type of up and down season which makes critics doubt his ability to lead the side’s forward line.
Instead, it’s the unbelievable versatility of Bukayo Saka, who added yet another position to the ever-growing list of areas on the pitch he can play.
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With the north London outfit missing their attacking duo of Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard, due to injury, and Willian proving ineffective during last week’s Europa League tie, Mikel Arteta had a decision to make. And the Spaniard opted to move his reliable youngster to the number 10 slot.
You could say the opposition were of a lesser quality, but, the reality is, you can only play what is in front of you.
It was a special performance from the England international, who showed intelligence, energy and quality. His link-up play down the right-hand side with Nicolas Pepe was a particular highlight of the display as the two tortured the Sheffield defence.
Left-back, central midfield, left-wing, right-wing and attacking midfielder all at the tender age of 19. It’s quite bonkers just how many positions the ace can play in what has been a stunning start to his professional career.
Whilst some Arsenal youngsters have been accused of being too versatile, it’s Saka’s ability to play across midfield and the forward areas, that makes him a valuable and unsellable asset to the Emirates Stadium giants.