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Arteta insists Saka has 'a lot of things to improve' despite netting Arsenal winner against Bodo/Glimt

07:49 BST 14/10/2022
Bukayo Saka Arsenal Europa League 2022-23
Bukayo Saka was a match-winner for Arsenal in his latest Europa League outing, but has been told that he still has “a lot of things to improve”.
  • Gunners edged out Bodo/Glimt in Europe
  • Home-grown star netted only goal
  • Boss sees areas of game to work on

WHAT HAPPENED? That assessment was delivered by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta on the back of a narrow 1-0 victory over Bodo/Glimt in continental competition. Saka grabbed the only goal of the game in that contest midway through the first half, as he built on a decisive brace netted against Liverpool in the Premier League, but the 21-year-old has been advised that he is far from being the finished article and still has areas of his game that require attention.

WHAT THEY SAID: Arteta told reporters after seeing Saka make another telling contribution for his side: “He had moments in the game where he was really good and then moments he can improve and demand more of himself, especially defensively. There were moments where we allowed their left full-back to progress the play and break our press too easily. There a lot of things to improve. I’m really happy with the win against a team that has won the last 14 games here at home. It’s not a coincidence.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: A hard-fought win on Norwegian soil has preserved Arsenal’s 100 per cent record in the Europa League group stage and left them well on course to progress into the knockout rounds, as they sit top of Group A.

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WHAT NEXT FOR SAKA? Arsenal, who sit top of the Premier League table at present with eight wins taken from nine games so far, will be back in domestic action on Sunday when taking in a trip to Leeds.