Bukayo Saka still isn't allowed into the first-team dressing room at Arsenal's training ground


Bukayo Saka is having a breakout season at Arsenal. 

The 18-year-old was relatively unheard of just a few months ago, completing just 11 minutes of first-team football in 2018/19. 

But that's all changed now. 

He's already featured six times for the Gunners since August and has seriously impressed as part of Unai Emery's side. 

Saka has one goal and three assists to his name already - and that's from making just one start - the rest have been substitute appearances. 

As the season goes on we can expect to see the Englishman starting plenty of games. But despite his impressive start, Saka has not yet been given full first-team privileges.

According to a report from The Sun, he's still not allowed into the senior dressing room at Arsenal's London Colney training ground. 

Instead, he will continue to prepare in the academy area until he's officially invited to join in with his established teammates. 

Saka is yet to prepare with his senior teammates

That sounds pretty bizarre, right? But the first-team and academy are split into separate wings at Arsenal's facility, which is very common at other top football clubs. 

Although Saka hasn't yet earned an invite from his senior teammates, he's impressed Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg, who is now an assistant first-team coach. 

So much so, that the ex-Sweden international has taken the teenager under his wing and is helping him understand Emery's tactics. 

Ljungberg has taken Saka under his wing

"t helps me so much having Freddie on the training pitch," Saka said.

"Sometimes when the manager is trying to communicate with me I don’t understand what he is saying and Freddie speaks better English.

“Freddie has been a player at this level before and a very good one. He played in the same position as me on the left-wing and he’s been a big part in my progress.

Saka has already played against Man Utd

“I couldn’t ask for much more than to have an Arsenal legend giving me advice every day."

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