Time proves Emery right

The Spanish was the first to bet on Bukayo Saka who is key with Arteta and the best 'teenager' in the Premier League.


Gunner fans have no special memory of the year and some that Unai Emery was on the bench at Emirates Stadium. The Spanish had the almost suicidal mission of replacing Arsène Wenger after 22 years and also inheriting a squad in full reconstruction. Naturally, it didn't turn out the way both parties wanted.

The beginning was difficult to improve, with a streak of 22 unbeaten matches, but the results at the end of the season were disastrous, a single victory in five games left them on the verge of qualifying for the Champions League, being fifth one point behind fourth. Emery also touched glory in the Europa League, losing the final to Chelsea. In November of his second year, after seven straight games without victory, the Spaniard was finally dismissed.

Despite the bitter memory left by his time on the bench, Emery had great successes during his journey in London and one of them is undoubtedly Bukayo Saka (19). The very young canterano has become the great gunner hope and a fundamental piece in Arteta's scheme, mainly on the right wing but also on the left.

In 24 Premier League games, he has scored five goals and three assists, leaving a great sensation that has earned him his debut for the English team last October. Emery was the coach who made him debut against Ukraine's Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League in November 2018, although he would not enter the team dynamics until the following season.

"When he started to play constantly, you could see that he was a great player. He is becoming a very important player and he is a very humble person. That is key because other footballers do not have the same humility as him, who always wants to learn and listen. Bukayo is incredible as a player and as a person and it could be said that he is also a very intelligent boy ", were the words that the coach dedicated to him in an interview with footballl.london last January, as Villarreal coach .

When he reached the bench, Arteta continued Emery's bet and the results could not have been better. As Sky Sports collects, Saka is by far the best "teenager" (under 20) in the entire Premier League. The youth squad gunner leads almost all the statistics among players of his age: goals (five), assists (two), shots (53), opportunities created (27), touches in the rival area (117), dribbles achieved (36) and duels won (116) .

A total dominance that takes on greater importance considering that the Premier has another great teenager like Mason Greenwood or Fabio Silva for whom the Wolves paid 40 million last summer. But it is also that he not only stands out among those of his age, but his importance is also evident at Arsenal, where he also leads the team in all the statistics mentioned except in goals and assists where he is third surpassed by Lacazette (10) and Aubameyang (9) and Willian (5) and Smith Rowe (4) respectively.

Undoubtedly one of the great revelations and one of the names on which Arsenal want to cement their return to the elite. A diamond that perhaps if it were not for Unai Emery would not be shining with the outside that does it and that is undoubtedly the best legacy that the Spanish left in London.The anecdote of his debut

In the aforementioned interview with football.london Emery recalled Saka's Premier League debut, a 4-1 victory that left a curious anecdote. Saka played ten minutes in which he never once touched the ball. "I remember when Bukayo first played a game with us in January. We beat Fulham 4-1 and he played at just 17 years old. He didn't touch the ball once in ten minutes! He ran, ran, and ran but didn't hit. the ball, it was incredible. "

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