Mikel Arteta has urged Bukayo Saka to handle the mounting buzz and anticipation that comes with his success, while highlighting that the forward can still enhance his game.

Bukayo Saka holding the Player of the Match award with England (Photo via England on Twitter)
Bukayo Saka holding the Player of the Match award with England (Photo via England on Twitter)

This season, Saka has been outstanding for Arsenal, notching up 12 goals and 10 assists.

His consistent performances for the Gunners have caught the attention of many, and his exceptional displays for England during the recent international break have only added to his growing reputation.

He notably scored one goal and provided an assist in England’s 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley.

Ahead of Arsenal’s match against Leeds, Arteta lauded Saka for his humility and intelligence. With Saka is currently one of the top contenders for the player of the season award, Arteta wants him to rely on these traits to navigate the increasing expectations generated by his impressive form.

Arteta said, “Saka needs to manage the expectations from the media and the focus on the pitch. To excel in his current role, he must be prepared for it.

“So, my advice to him is to not pay too much attention to what’s being said, and just concentrate on his daily tasks.”

Arteta is convinced that Saka’s down-to-earth nature will keep him from becoming complacent and is confident that the young forward can continue to grow if he stays receptive to learning.

“Although he has made significant progress, Saka still has areas to improve and maintain,” Arteta, who was named the Premier League’s manager of the month for March, explained.

“He has to keep working on his strengths and focus on improving aspects of his game that need further development.”

Arsenal are currently enjoying a six-game winning run in the league and are preparing to face Leeds this weekend.

However, the team will have to cope without William Saliba, who is sidelined due to a back injury that may affect his availability for the remainder of the season. Despite this, Arteta remains optimistic about Saliba’s recovery.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey has been declared fit to play after injury concerns during his international duty with Ghana.