Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka not allowed in first team dressing room at training ground


Teenage sensation Bukayo Saka has not yet been given permission at Arsenal to be a part of the first-team dressing room.
The youngster is still in the academy wing of the Gunners’ dressing room despite breaking into the first team.

18-year-old winger Bukayo Saka has emerged as one of Arsenal’s most talented youth prospects this season but, according to the
Mirror , the teenager has surprisingly not yet been allowed to join the first team dressing room.
The Gunners’ London Colney training ground is separated into first team and academy wings and youngsters need to be invited to make the switch.
This has yet to happen for Saka, despite the Londoner starting Arsenal’s last three Premier League games.
The forward is well-liked by the club and is expected to sign a new contract in the coming weeks.
Saka made his senior debut in Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Vorskla Poltava in 2018 and scored his first goal for the club in this season’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the same competition.
That strike, coupled with two assists, has pushed Saka ahead of fellow highly-rated youth prospect Reiss Nelson who started the first two Premier League games this season and impressed while on loan with Hoffenheim.
Saka’s transition to first team football has been made easier by the promotion of Arsenal legend and coach Freddie Ljungberg from the youth team to the senior setup.
Ljungberg has worked with the likes of Saka, Nelson and Joe Willock extensively as they have progressed through the age groups and the Swede has been instrumental in their respective development.


“ He’s been with me since I was 15 and seen me do amazing things,” Saka recently said about Ljungberg.
“He always tells me to stay humble and keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player.
“He’s been a player before so he understands how I would feel.
“He’s played in my position and it’s just so good to have him there, an Arsenal legend giving me advice.
“There’s not much more I can ask for.”
Arsenal’s next game comes in the Premier League against Sheffield United once the international break is finished and Saka will be hoping to retain his spot in the first team for a fourth game running.
The Gunners currently sit third in the league but will be prepared for a stiff test when they travel to Bramall Lane.
Chris Wilder’s men have adapted well to life in the top flight so far, beating Everton and Crystal Palace and holding Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to a draw.


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