Arsenal make Bukayo Saka wait to step up as details of training ground policy emerge

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Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has impressed boss Unai Emery and his team-mates with his performances this season but the 18-year-old is still not using the first team dressing room.

Emery has already involved Saka in several competitions this season, including the Premier League, but according to the Mirror, the youngster is still not in the first team dressing room at Arsenal’s training ground because of a policy at the club.

The Gunners’ London Colney training ground has separate dressing rooms for the first team and academy players.

And the report claims that youngsters at the club have to wait until they are invited in by senior players before they can use the first-team dressing room.

Saka is well liked at the club and it’s hard to imagine that he won’t have to be waiting too long before he can make the switch and while he waits on that decision it is understood he has been offered a new deal by Arsenal.

However, while Saka has received plaudits for his performances on the field this season, he has also caused some friction off it, most notably when he spoke about communication problems he has with Emery.

Saka revealed he has at times resorted to seeking out Arsenal’s assistant first-team coach, Freddie Ljungberg, as he believes the Swede and former Gunner has a better grasp of English than the Arsenal manager.

The youngster made his remarks about Emery when he was asked about how helpful Ljungberg has been to his own development at the club.

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