Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka admits he struggles to understand Unai Emery

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Bukayo Saka admits he often struggles to understand Unai Emery’s instructions and communicates more effectively with his mentor Freddie Ljungberg.

The 18-year-old caught the eye during the early stages of last season’s Europa League campaign and seized a rare first team opportunity in the same competition last night.

Saka provided two assists and scored his first senior goal as Arsenal bounced back from Sunday’s second half capitulation at Watford to secure a 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt and record a rare clean sheet.

Gunners legend Alan Smith last week revealed he had ‘heard whispers’ that several first team stars were struggling to comprehend Emery’s tactics, and Saka admitted he often seeks out Ljungberg, who was promoted to the first team coaching staff this summer, for advice given Emery still appears to be struggling with his command of English.

‘It helps so much,’ Saka replied when asked how useful it is to have Ljungberg’s input. ‘Sometimes when I don’t understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English.

‘Freddie’s information, he’s been a player at this level before, and it’s vital for me because I play in the same position as me and he’s been a big part in my progress.

‘He gives a lot of advice to me every day but one of the most, the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble.

‘He’s been with me since I was 15, seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble, keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player.’

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