Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka is barred from the first team dressing room

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka finds himself unable to join his teammates in the dressing room due to an old Arsenal training ground rule, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The 18-year-old has had a strong start to his career and impressed recently during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Unbelievably, Saka is unable to access the first-team changing room at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground as the Englishman continues to bed into senior football at the highest level.

The Daily Mirror revealed that the youngster must wait until he is invited to change with the first team and must stay in the academy wing of the premises until that event occurs, despite having started three Premier League games for the Gunners this season.

Ban the rule

Even though Saka has featured heavily for the north London side this campaign, the old training ground regulation restricts him from being able to spend time and gel with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe who he has partnered with in attack for Arsenal.

Having to be separated from your teammates can be detrimental to the progression of a young player, particularly ones who feed off confidence to combine with a good performance on the pitch.

Saka has scored once and conjured up two assists in five games in all competitions and has only played once for the U23s. However, the youngster still finds himself changing in the academy wing with his fellow youngsters.

The Englishman has previously said that he would go to youth coach and club legend Freddie Ljungberg if the 18-year-old was unable to understand coaching instructions, which led to Emery stating that there were no language barriers at the club, per the Express.

Regardless of any reported communication issues, Saka must be able to spend time in the dressing room and feel comfortable around the London Colney complex.

Article title: Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka is barred from the first team dressing room

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