Bukayo Saka rewarded for breakthrough season with new Arsenal squad number 1/1 Read More Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Coming Next Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Bukayo Saka has cemented his place in Arsenal first team squad following an outstanding season (Picture: Getty)Bukayo Saka has been rewarded for an outstanding breakthrough season by earning a new squad number reflecting his position as a first team regular.The teenager made his first team debut under Unai Emery last season but has made significant strides under the interim management of Freddie Ljungberg, before Mikel Arteta took up the reigns and utilised the versatile academy graduate in a number of different positions. Saka has featured at full-back and as a wing-back but is nominally a winger and reportedly wanted assurances over his future role under Arteta before he ended months of speculation by signing a new long-term contract earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd, indicative of his standing, the 18-year-old will wear the No.7 shirt next season, inheriting the jersey from Henrikh Mkhitaryan whose move to Roma will become a permanent deal at the end of the season. ADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Video Settings 1 min. story Read More Read More Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Jul 2020 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.5kShares Skip Advertisement Read More Full Screen Read More SPONSORED / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Bukayo Saka will wear the No.7 for Arsenal next season (Picture: Arsenal.com)Arteta is a huge admirer of the academy graduate’s and was delighted when the player, who has registered 13 assists in all competitions this season, finally signed a new deal.He said: ‘Bukayo is a talented and intelligent young player. Skip Ad PLAY Advertisement ‘He has impressed me with his work ethic and attitude to learn and adapt, and it has paid off in his performances. ‘I am excited to continue working with him to develop him further, and for him to help us achieve our goals.’While Saka’s club future is clear, his international prospects are still undecided with Nigeria reportedly pushing for his services. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSaka has already represented England at youth level and could earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad next month. But the Super Eagles, according to the Daily Mail, have not given up hope of tempting Saka to be part of their future plans and have success in the past, recruiting the likes of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses who were eligible to play for England.MORE: Alexandre Lacazette explains differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery at ArsenalMORE: Dennis Bergkamp praises Mikel Arteta and opens door to Arsenal returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.