Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka continues to showcase his sky-high potential whilst on international duty with England.
The 20-year-old enjoyed yet another excellent campaign with the Gunners, scoring 11 Premier League goals and providing a further seven assists, earning a nomination for both the player and young player of the season awards. He was arguably the most consistent performer in Mikel Arteta‘s squad, earning yet another call-up for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad ahead of Nations League clashes against Hungary, Germany and Italy.
Ahead of Saturday afternoon’s match against the Hungarians, a video clip of Saka bossing Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold did the rounds on Twitter. The Hale End academy graduate was seen performing a seamless stepover before comfortably outmuscling Alexander-Arnold despite the Liverpool man trying to foul him.
Saka then glides past Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker before finding the back of the net with a low finish. Despite the youngster’s impressive performances over the 2021/22 campaign, Arsenal hero Paul Merson claimed that he wasn’t the north Londoners’ player of the season, picking goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale instead.
Writing for Sportskeeda, Merson said: “I could’ve just as easily gone with Bukayo Saka here, but Aaron Ramsdale has been exceptional. He’s had a couple of shaky performances, but he’s exceeded expectations and has been outstanding in most of the games he’s played.
“When Arsenal were chasing him around last year, I was sitting here wondering why they wanted a goalkeeper who’d let in more goals than anyone else in the last three years. Arteta got it right here, and Ramsdale’s made me eat my words.”
“Bukayo Saka was a close second to Aaron Ramsdale and has been a revelation for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. He’s been a threat in the final third and has enjoyed a great season.”