Arsenal legend Martin Keown has come to the defence of Bukayo Saka, following England’s victory over Ukraine.
After yet another outstanding performance on the international stage from Arsenal’s starboy against Ukraine, the 21-year-old has been at the centre of attention after an outrageous long range goal.
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Saka has only gotten better this season; becoming the first player in the Premier League to reach double figures for goals and assists. Furthermore, Saka has already surpassed his Premier League goal tally from last season.
The 21-year-old has been at the heart of Arsenal’s success so far this campaign and is a big reason why the Gunners currently find themselves top of the Premier League table.
However, Saka’s regular performances have clearly not been enough to please some; talkSPORT presenter Jim White asked the question “why does he keep going down?” in reference to Saka.
Keown was evidently baffled by this quote, stating he “could not believe” White’s statement. Additionally, Keown continued to sing the praises of the Arsenal star, telling talkSPORT:
“He’s a wonderful player, great young man. Highly intelligent. The assist for Harry Kane, he knows exactly where Harry Kane is going to be. Martinelli’s been fed all season with those types of crosses.”
As Arsenal fans know all too well, Saka is targeted numerous times a game; ranking 9th in fouls won this season in the Premier League.
The treatment of Arsenal’s star player is often seen as problematic to Arsenal fans; many feel he is the victim of unfair treatment from opposition full-backs and referees, and by watching him play, it would be difficult to dispute that claim.
Whilst his style of play is bound to lead Saka to be fouled, the extent to which he is being kicked all game has reached an unacceptable point. Consequently, the officials need to become aware of opposition tactics to fouling him.
The news of Saka’s new five-year deal at the club will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans; signing a near £300k-per-week deal, it is nothing short of what the England international deserves, and fans will be hoping Saka remains for the duration of his career.