Nigel Winterburn highlights one key area for Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka to improve

first_imgNigel Winterburn highlights one key area for Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka to improve Advertisement Saka has had an outstanding breakthrough season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has challenged Bukayo Saka to improve his defending in 1v1 situations if he is to nail down the left-back role permanently.The 18-year-old, who is naturally a winger, was asked to play in defence due to the injuries sustained Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac, but has made the position his own.Saka has been one of the Gunners’ most creative outlets on the pitch, registering eight assists in all competitions this season.Winterburn, who made 440 appearances at full-back for Arsenal, admitted Saka can get better defensively if he focuses on one key area of his game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told the Chronicles of a Gooner podcast: ‘What he should be working on now is showing the opposition players, particularly when it’s 1v1, showing them where he wants them to go or where Arteta wants the team to be pushed into.‘With the pace that he’s got he can change his position to dictate to players where he actually wants them to go, rather than being dictated against when you’re defending.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Winterburn enjoyed a 13-year spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘There’s a lot of positives we’re seeing, there’s still a lot of developments to come but he’s done a fantastic job, he’s just been pushed into that position and he’s had to get on with it.‘He’s been a sensation and someone that, if he was to play in that position regularly, will get better and better, and that is an exciting thought.’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 ArsenalBefore the season was postponed as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, summer signing Kieran Tierney was slowly getting back to full fitness after suffering a dislocated shoulder in December.The Scotland international’s absence has given Saka the opportunity to shine, and Mikel Arteta will be keen to secure the teenager’s future, with his current deal due to expire next year. Advertisementcenter_img Arteta will want to keep hold of wonderkid Saka (Picture: Getty Images)Winterburn admitted Saka could make the permanent switch to defence, and added: ‘That role suits him really well. In terms of what he’s done at left-back, it’s absolutely incredible’‘He’s adapted and what I love that he’s doing is moving forward and coming onto the ball and he’s almost not being marked.‘He’s so dangerous when he’s in possession of the ball and his quality of crossing in some of the balls he’s put In for some of the goals is absolutely sensational.’MORE: Aaron Ramsey says he was starstruck by Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas and Kolo Toure when he joined ArsenalMORE: Phil Jones says he rejected Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal to join Man UtdFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 Apr 2020 12:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link231Shares Commentlast_img