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Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal need the 'leadership' of teenage sensation Bukayo Saka as he praises the 'humble and respectful' winger after his brilliant display in win at Southampton Bukayo Saka produced yet another classy display for Arsenal on Tuesday night  Saka scored and assisted in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's  Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes he has the leadership qualities of a top player 

By Press Association Sport Staff

Published: 12:16 GMT, 27 January 2021 | Updated: 12:16 GMT, 27 January 2021

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Mikel Arteta praised the leadership qualities of Bukayo Saka after the 19-year-old shone in Arsenal's comeback win at Southampton.

The Gunners fell behind to an early Stuart Armstrong strike, but rallied to lead at the interval courtesy of Nicolas Pepe and Saka, with the England international then teeing up Alexandre Lacazette to complete the 3-1 victory.

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Saka's goal was his fifth in the Premier League this season - more than all other teenagers in the division combined.

Bukayo Saka was in impressive form again as Arsenal cruised past Southampton at St Mary's

Bukayo Saka was in impressive form again as Arsenal cruised past Southampton at St Mary's

He has been impressive in recent weeks and has taken on a pivotal role in the Arsenal attack, having previously moved across the pitch to cover several different positions.

But it is also his ability to drive the team forward which has left a mark on Arteta, who admits such a status is not usually seen in someone so young.

'He's got that,' he replied when asked about Saka being a leader on the pitch.

Mikel Arteta believes Saka, even at 19, has all the leadership qualities of top level player

Mikel Arteta believes Saka, even at 19, has all the leadership qualities of top level player

'He's really humble, really respectful, but at the same time he's got that character within him and on the pitch he can demand the ball.

'He can make actions and decisions that is not very usual at his age.

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