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Arteta on cloud nine as Arsenal discover ‘next Bukayo Saka’ in ‘unplayable’ winger who has impressed fan favourite

Mikel Arteta and Bukayo Saka of Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has been tipped to leave Arsenal for Man Utd

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be delighted after finding out that the Gunners already have the ‘next Bukayo Saka’ on their books, with a 17-year-old winger making a big impression at youth level.

Saka is a product of Arsenal’s famed Hale End academy. He made his first-team debut in November 2018 and has gone on to become one of Arsenal’s most important players.

This season alone the winger has registered 13 goals and 10 assists. He has managed more assists than any other Arsenal player this term, while only Gabriel Martinelli has scored more goals than him.

Saka remaining fit and on top form will be integral if Arsenal are to hold off Manchester City and win their first Premier League title since 2003-04.

Saka is not the only Arsenal academy graduate to be part of Arteta’s squad, with Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah also picking up game time this season.

Arsenal’s academy is so successful that the club’s supporters will already be looking for the next youngster who might get his big break.

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Former midfielder Jack Wilshere, who made 197 appearances for Arsenal and now works as their U18s coach, has made a big hint about who that next breakout star may be.

During an interview with The Athletic, Wilshere has drawn comparisons between Saka and teenage winger Amario Cozier-Duberry.

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“He reminds me of Bukayo Saka, plays in the same position as him, needs to get better with his decision-making like Bukayo did, but he’s definitely exciting,” Wilshere said.

“In some moments he’s unplayable. You give him the ball and he can make things happen. You can set up a team and have a game plan, but when you’ve got individuals like that you’ve got a chance.”

Arteta and Arsenal will be delighted to hear such comments about one of their young players. Cozier-Duberry might need another year or two to develop before he is ready for senior game time, but it would not be a surprise if he forces his way into Arteta’s thinking in the future.

Cozier-Duberry is not just impressing coaches at Arsenal, he is also making a name for himself on the international stage.

The wide man has won three caps for England U19s, scoring one goal in that time. He has previously represented England at U16, U17 and U18 level.

Cozier-Duberry will be extremely happy with the Saka comparison. However, he has plenty of work to do before he can become a top Premier League performer like his academy predecessor.

Cozier-Duberry must try and emulate Saka’s commitment and desire to learn in order to reach the very top.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are facing serious competition from Newcastle for the capture of a Bundesliga star.