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Mikel Arteta praises remarkable Arsenal star who is set to reach landmark appearance

Arsenal star will make his 200th appearance for the club on Tuesday against Luton Town

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Bukayo Saka
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Bukayo Saka is on the cusp of marking a significant milestone in his Arsenal journey as he gears up for his 200th appearance for the club against Luton. 

The young talent, who made his debut just over five years ago under Unai Emery in the Europa League, has consistently showcased his prowess, leaving manager Mikel Arteta in awe of his contribution to the team.

Arteta, finding it increasingly challenging to find fresh accolades for Saka’s excellence, praised the player’s consistency and availability throughout the years. 

Reflecting on Saka’s growth, he remarked, “He’s grown really fast and it shows again the consistency and the availability that he’s had over the last few years, it’s been tremendous and the impact that he’s had on the team is really positive.”

Saka’s journey embodies the essence of Arsenal’s commitment to nurturing homegrown talent. Joining the club at a tender age of seven, his swift progression to becoming a first-team regular while still a teenager signifies a true success story for the Arsenal Academy. 

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Arteta acknowledged the collective effort behind Saka’s development, crediting the academy personnel and those close to him for shaping the player’s character and skill.

“It’s been like watching a kid get raised, getting older and more mature and evolving. He still has the same humbleness and willingness to become better and better,” Arteta expressed, underlining the continuous support and encouragement surrounding Saka’s growth within the club.

With 97 goal involvements in 199 appearances, Saka’s statistics speak volumes about his impact on the field. Notably, achieving such impressive numbers despite a stint in the left-back position during his formative years in the first team underscores his extraordinary talent.

As Bukayo Saka approaches this remarkable milestone, Arteta remains optimistic about the player’s boundless potential. “At the moment, no [there are no limits for him], because he doesn’t want any limits and he wants more,” Arteta affirmed, highlighting the collective effort within the club to nurture Saka’s growth and maximize his potential.

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