Arsenal slipped to defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League yesterday, losing 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite only one goal in the match courtesy of Raheem Sterling, it was a fascinating watch tactically as Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta attempted to outwit one another.
Ultimately it was the master who had too much for the apprentice, as City shaded possession and had slightly more chances.
The Gunners were contained relatively easily by the hosts, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian pretty ineffective in Manchester.
But one man who really caught the eye for Arsenal, once again, was Bukayo Saka.
The 19-year-old, who started as a left wing-back, was fearless in his play and sought to attack City’s right side every chance he could.
Kyle Walker was on hand to deal with Aubameyang pretty well, but Saka was a big threat from a wider position, and might have scored but for an outstanding save from Ederson.
It was a refreshingly positive display from the youngster, which has been something of a trend for him in recent weeks – and his form surely now makes him very difficult to leave out for Arteta.
TBR’s View – Saka has got to become regular starter for Arsenal
It can be argued that Saka has been one of Arsenal’s best performers so far this season.
What is so admirable about him is that, he plays without fear.
Where sometimes others can be conservative, Saka tends to play with a directness and a desire to make things happen.
That’s been the case across all of his performances so far this season, and one wonders if Arteta can really afford to leave someone like that out of his starting XI.
Perhaps him taking up a left wing position can allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to play through the middle, which is something many Arsenal fans feel would be the best way to set up.