'Arteta gives great advice' - Saka trying to learn as much as possible from Arsenal boss

The England international hailed his manager's influence on his game behind the scenes after scoring in a Europa League draw with Benfica

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has admitted that he's "trying to learn" as much as he can from Mikel Arteta, who he credits for giving him "great advice" on how to improve.

Saka found the net after being teed up by Cedric to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 encounter against Benfica on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old expressed his gratitude towards Arteta after the match, revealing the influence the Spaniard has had on his game behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium.

What was said?

Saka to BT Sport: "We had a lot of chances. We dominated the whole game. They got a lucky penalty which I don't think was. We had to react well.

"We got a goal back and could have gone on to win it. It's not the worst result, we got an away goal.

"It was good inter-play [for the goal]. We managed to switch the ball and it was a good finish by myself so I'm happy with the goal.

"I feel like I'm improving every game. I'm trying to impress, trying to learn and listen to the boss because he gives great advice. I'm grateful to have a good team and good family around me. I just want to keep progressing.

"It is about managing the game. Last year when we went out to Olympiakos we conceded a silly goal. We can't put a foot wrong because if we do we will make it difficult for ourselves."

Saka's record in 2020-21

Saka has taken his game to new heights during Arteta's first full season at the helm, firmly establishing himself as one of the most important members of the squad.

The England international took his tally to five goals in 28 appearances across all competitions with his second-half strike against Benfica, and he has also laid on five assists for his team-mates to date.

What's next?

Saka will likely be back in Arteta's starting XI when Arsenal welcome Premier League leaders Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners will be bidding to bring City's 17-game winning streak to an end in that fixture as they also look to close the gap between themselves and the top six.

Arteta's men are currently sitting 10th in the standings, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and six behind Liverpool, who occupy the final Europa League spot.

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