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Bukayo Saka backs Arteta to restore the “Arsenal” way

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Teenager Bukayo Saka has backed new boss Mikel Arteta to bring back the attractive “passing” culture the Gunners are famous for.

The teenager continued to impress in his make-shift left back role grabbing a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Monday night.

“Mikel’s trying to bring back the philosophy, the Arsenal passing way and I feel like we played really good football in the first half,” said Saka.

“We played some good bits of football and the goal obviously was very good.”

In the same vein, Arteta also hailed Saka for adapting to the extra defensive responsibility required to thrive at left-back.

“That’s the situation now because we don’t have any left-backs at the moment,” said Arteta, of Saka’s shifting into defence.

“What I like is that he’s put his head down, it’s not his favourite position to play, but we try to adapt him with his qualities to play him as much as possible in the position that he likes.

“But then he is very willing to learn all the defensive principals that we are asking him to do and his attitude is very good.”

The Arsenal youngsters were in sync on Monday night as Saka linked well with Brazilian teen forward Gabriel Martinelli and admitted forging a good bromance with the Gunners’ 10-goal star.

“We train a lot together and we speak a lot and we’re good friends,” Saka told Arsenal’s official club website.

“Over time we’re speaking about how we’re going to beat the defenders and how we’re going to get in behind and score goals.”

Saka has looked better under Arteta and can only get better as it stands.