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Mikel Arteta welcomes Bukayo Saka’s reaction to the difficult summer

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was worried about Bukayo Saka after a summer of testing but knew immediately that his talented youngster would be fine after the first meeting before the start of this season.

The 20-year-old suffered a heartbreak on penalties in the Euro 2020 final for England and was then racially abused on social media.

Still a teenager, his club manager was concerned about how the Gunners Academy graduate would deal with the aftermath of such a pivotal moment, however,  -preciating the football world’s reaction with thousands of letters to Saka, around during the months that followed.

“His reaction was amazing and then the support he had from everyone in football was something that gave him a huge boost.

“That gave him a lot of security and security. It really got him going to say, ‘Okay, that’s just part of the journey’. “

Saka has continued to play in the Emirates, scoring three Premier League goals this season ahead of Sunday’s game to Norwich.

The versatile attacker is one of several young players who have developed impressively under Arteta, with Emile Smith Rowe another huge talent.

Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah also made key contributions during the campaign, despite the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arteta added: “What I see is not just Bukayo, but young guys with incredible enthusiasm and passion for this club who are really ready to succeed.

“They deal with a lot of difficult situations in a great way, but it also shows their education, the environment, the families they have and how much the club has supported them throughout their careers.

“It is not normal at this age to be able to do what they have done, and we have to be prepared for them if they cannot cope with something. We have to be there immediately to recognize this and act immediately. “

During Arteta’s two-year leadership of the club, which he led as a player, he has promoted numerous high-profile figures such as Mesut Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, David Luiz, Sokratis P -astathopoulos and Nacho Monreal.

Various others are on loan to help pave the way for the talented young players who are now at the heart of the team but the Spaniard insists the honor is not his.

“We put in a lot of effort and energy and were very consistent in our decisions because we have a huge chance with the young talents we have at the club,” said Arteta.

“But this young talent has to be tough in the right way. The best way to see this is through action.

“For me, how much I coach them is less important than the environment in which they grew up. They needed this and now they have the perfect place to grow.

“That’s why they grow because they have the seniors doing what they have to do, they have the established culture, people who are really sincere and ready to help them, and an association that fully supports them and is ready to to give them. ” Opportunities.

“That’s what you need to realize your potential. For me, that’s why they’re doing it, not because of the coaching. “

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