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Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg’s relationship

That’s according to Bukayo Saka, one of the brightest talents to graduate through the Gunners’ academy in recent years.

Arsenal’s youngsters are currently enjoying the spotlight on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

A third successive win came against Fiorentina on Saturday night, Eddie Nketiah scoring twice and Joe Willock once.

A recent backroom reshuffle at the Emirates saw Ljungberg swap roles with Steve Bould to become Emery’s new assistant first-team coach.

Saka says the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ knows all there is to know about the next generation of Gunners from their previous seasons working together.

And the winger intimated that Emery is now reaping the benefits of Ljungberg’s inside knowledge of the likes of John Judge-Jules and James Olayinka.

“From the U15s, I worked with him,” Saka told Sky Sports. “It has been a long journey but I feel like we both deserve it.

“Freddie helps Unai know who we are, tells him our strengths and weaknesses and comes to us individually and tells us what we need to do from Unai.

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg's relationship

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg’s relationship (Pic: GETTY)

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg's relationship

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg’s relationship (Pic: GETTY)

“Unai does not have to speak to us directly, Freddie comes to us and tells us what we need to do.

“It makes the transition from the academy to the first team much smoother.”

Saka, 17, has featured in all three of the Gunners’ pre-season fixtures this summer, and scored in the 3-0 win over Colorado Rapids.

Seven of Arsenal’s eight pre-season goals thus far have been scored by players under the age of 19.

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Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg's relationship

Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka lifts lid on Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg’s relationship (Pic: GETTY)

“The players coming up from the academy are so special,” added the winger.

“The next generation of us can be in this Arsenal team and take on the world.

“The boss is doing a good job of managing all of us, helping us to progress every day and to learn.”

Arsenal face Real Madrid next on Wednesday at midnight.

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/793187/Arsenal-news-Bukayo-Saka-Unai-Emery-Freddie-Ljungberg

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