Mikel Arteta: Bukayo Saka Will Remain Arsenal’s First Choice Penalty Taker

Mikel Arteta: Bukayo Saka Will Remain Arsenal’s First Choice Penalty Taker

Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot as the Gunners were held to a 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has pledge that the England international to continue being first-choice on penalty duties.

Arteta, though, feels the miss could prove a blessing in disguise for a player who bounced back from being racially abused following his miss for England.


“Experiences help, obviously, and what he went through was tough but in a different way it was something beautiful and a great experience for him.”

“I think that helped him, not only him but the people around him as well to understand what the reaction has to be, the support and protection that he needs and he will go again.


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“He loves responsibility but he puts a lot on his shoulders as well.

Again, if he had any doubt about how much people love him, respect him and admire him at the club I think he had a very overwhelming reaction from everyone in the building and the club.

“In the end I think it can be something very positive that can give him a big lift because everyone acted in an unbelievable way towards him because he deserves it because of the way he is.”

Asked if Saka will remain Arsenal’s penalty taker, he continues:

“Yes. If not, I will go on the pitch and throw him the ball to make sure he takes the next one!”

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