“I think he’s kind of used and abused.” Former Gunner warns Saka to find a position and stick to it

Ashley Cole has urged Bukayo Saka to find one position and become a specialist there if he wants to become a world-class player.

The Englishman has thrived in the current Arsenal team mostly because of his versatility.

Mikel Arteta has used him in a variety of positions including as a left-back, a right and a left-winger.

This has helped him to gain more playing time and has been important to the team getting good results.

Cole says Arteta would like that as a manager because the teenager makes his work easy.

However, it isn’t good for Saka as a player and Cole even said the gaffer is simply using and abusing him by playing him in a variety of positions.

Speaking on Sky, Cole said as quoted by Sun Sports: “As Jamie [Redknapp] says, [he’s] a shining light in this Arsenal team. He plays with courage, [he’s] fearless at times.

“But I just feel when you don’t cement down one position, it’s very, very difficult to nail that down and be a top, top player.

“As a manager, you love it because he’s adaptable and he can play in three or four positions, which is brilliant.

“But I feel for him at times because I think he’s kind of used and abused.”

Saka is one of the top players at Arsenal and he would hope to finally get a regular playing spot in the team at the start of next season.

Nevertheless, he should always be willing to help the team out in other positions when the need arises.

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3 Comments

  1. Reggie says:

    Arteta doesn’t play players in the same place, he tinkers every game, different positions, different formations and different personnel.

    1. PJ-SA says:

      This ^

  2. Grandad says:

    Sound advice from Cole on this occasion.As I mentioned in the previous article on ESR ,Saka is a natural left winger and that ,I believe is where he will be most effective.Playing him as a RWB did not make sense and proved to be another mistake by Arteta who will hopefully not make the same error again.Last night Saka was, quite frankly, poor , but he should never have been put in that position by his Manager particularly when we had no fewer than three right backs on the bench.

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