Arteta explains how he put Bukayo Saka to the test.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted to putting Bukayo Saka in various roles to “test” him.

Saka has played as a full-back, wing-back, and forwards since breaking onto the scene.

Arteta has now lauded the 19-year-ability old’s to make calls on the field and admits he purposefully switched places.

When asked about Saka’s best attributes, he told Sky Sports: “Intelligence.”

 

“We talk about physicality, we talk about spirit, we talk about technique. But the brain is the one that makes all the decisions.

“‘B’ makes a lot of good decisions because he is such an intelligent player who can read situations. After that, of course, he has the ability to execute them the right way and that’s obviously a big quality.

“It took me a while to figure him out. That’s why I tried to play him in different positions, to see how he reacted.

“I wanted to test his character as well because he was playing as a left-back and I know it wasn’t his ideal position but he had to go through that period.”


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