The young Gunners star earned an extravagant moniker from his captain, who supported him to go straight to the top
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explained why he calls his Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka the “little chili”.
Saka, who is just 18, enjoyed a breakout season in the Emirates by scoring four goals and contributing 11 assists in all competitions.
The young English striker quickly engaged in Mikel Arteta’s plans and earned a unique nickname in the process.
The Arsenal captain gives Saka the label of “Little Chilli” in a nod to the young man’s high energy display.
“I call this [Little Chilli] but in French it is ‘Petit Piment’, “said Aubameyang Sky Sports. “It’s because it’s like a little chilli pepper, so much energy, so much power and it’s quite small, so it’s fun.”
Despite the funny nickname, Aubameyang is very serious about how good Saka can become in the years to come, noting that she has the ideal mindset to succeed.
“Oh, sure, he’s definitely one of the best. What I like about him is that he always listens to advice from us experienced players,” said Aubameyang.
“I like him very much and he is really humble, he always wants to go ahead and learn more and try to improve his game, so he is definitely one of the best.
“Of course, I think he is 18, so he has a lot of time, but as I said to him the most important thing is to have fun, because at this age being in this club is really special and he just has to keep going like this, to keep improving and I’m sure it will go straight to the top. “
Arteta, meanwhile, wants Saka to enjoy her breakout season, warning that football is a mix of positive and negative moments.
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“First of all, enjoy the moment,” said Arteta of her message for Saka. “Football has some really good moments and some difficult moments.
“You are doing so well, have fun. But then you understand these changes in 24-48 hours. You have to live [on] toes always, ready to react and act.
“Bukayo is like that. At each training session, it doesn’t give you any sign that there is anything different. There will be times when he was a little up and down. It is normal because it happens to all players, whether you are 18 or 38 years old. He needs to understand it, take it naturally and we are here to support him, to try to improve him, and that’s all – have fun. “