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Mikel Arteta: 'Bukayo Saka can be Arsenal's leader'

:Headline: Mikel Arteta: 'Bukayo Saka can be Arsenal's leader':
The 19-year-old scored his fifth Premier League goal of the season in the win over Southampton.
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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.

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

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.

"It's a dream so I just have the passion when I get on the pitch. The boss makes everything clear for me and at the same time gives me the freedom to go and do what I want to do in the final third."

Southampton, having beaten Arsenal just three days earlier in the FA Cup fourth round, have now won just one of their last seven league outings.

Yan Valery came into the side to replace the injured Kyle Walker-Peters on Tuesday night and says lessons must be taken from the latest setback ahead of Saturday's visit of Aston Villa.

Yan Valery (left) came into the Southampton side against Arsenal (Frank Augstein/PA).

"We started the game right and scored the first goal, but after that we made a few mistakes and I think all the goals came from our mistakes," he said.

"Now we need to just learn from it and move on. In the second half we started good as well, but, when they scored the third one, we just gave up.

"We need to be ready for Saturday and go again. We have done everything right in the first half of the season, so I don't know why it wouldn't happen again in the second half."

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd26148453322150
3Leicester CityLeicester26154745301549
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
5Chelsea26128641251644
6Liverpool26127747341343
7Everton2412483733440
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs25116841271439
9Aston Villa24123938261239
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2696112943-1433
14Southampton2586113143-1230
15Burnley2677121834-1628
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham26411112132-1123
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2632211543-2811
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