MIKEL ARTETA claimed Bukayo Saka’s Euro penalty heartbreak was ‘HUGE for his career’
Saka performed valiantly in the penalty shoot-out final against Italy at Wembley in July.
But the winger was missed by teammates Jadon Sancho, 21, and Marcus Rashford, 24. with Italy winning the cup.
The trio of young England stars then lost horrible racist abuse by a group of idiot fans.
But Saka, 20, has bounced back in fine form with his goal this season Arsenal’s 3-2 win at Watford his ninth of the season.
Gunners manager arteta laid out the misery of penalty shoot-outs as a character-building moment for his young striker.
He said: “I think Bukayo had an experience in the summer that not many players would ever have and I think it was great for his career because the football world showed how much they love him and how much they respect him .
“I think it was a big boost for him to realize in difficult moments that people will support him and the club have done exactly the same as his team-mates.
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“Then it’s about giving him that freedom. What he’s already doing is phenomenal and he needs that space.
“Don’t read too much, do what you do. Football is his priority in life and you see that in training every day and he needs to keep behaving and living the way he does.”
Arsenal moved up to fourth with the win and are a point ahead of Manchester United, still THREE games clear of their fifth-placed rivals.
Saka told Sky Sports: “We absolutely need to win these games and we showed that we can win like this.
“That’s the dream this year, to be in the top four and qualify for Champions League football.
“We have to stay humble and focus for now and talk about it at the end of the season.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/17863991/bukayo-saka-euro-2020-penalty-arsenal-mikel-arteta/ Bukayo Saka’s penalty heartbreak at Euro 2020 was ‘great for his career’, claims Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta