Bukayo Ayoyinka T.M. Saka wallahi I don’t even know where to start with this star boy. This kid is literally carrying Arsenal at the moment at the age of 19 just deep that yeah. I have to first off start by telling Saka’s story from the start. One note Bukayo originates from the Yoruba tribe located in southern Nigeria, meaning “Adds to happiness” and let me tell you he’s added happiness to millions of Arsenal fans around the world.
Hale End Graduate
Saka started his career with our famous Hale End academy that has produced many talents. When he was 17, he was given a professional contract and promoted to the U23s. Saka was one of the brightest talents in the academy playing anywhere across the front 3.
Debut under Emery
Firstly, I have to give credit where it’s due, Unai Emery was the one that gave Saka his debut so hats off to Dracula. Last season is where Emery started to notice him, in his first full season, Saka was thrown into different positions, this included left wing, left wing-back, left back, right wing and centre mid. His versatility in terms of positioning, his ever- improving passing range and notably mentioned by Arteta, his decision making with the ball has made him a regular starter.
Anyway, let me get back to it, Saka wasn’t a regular starter last season he was mainly playing in the Europa League and domestic cup games and in these games, he was putting up numbers, an example of this was when he scored his first senior goal on 19th September curling a long-range effort against German side Eintracht Frankfurt, he also added two assists to his name and this was when fans started to take notice of him. Following this game, he was awarded his first PL start against Aston Villa in a 3-2 win.
Becoming a regular
It wasn’t until we got injuries to Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac that Saka began to establish himself as a regular in the team at left back, bare in mind this wasn’t even his position. On 27th January he scored the opening goal against Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round finishing off a 22 – pass move as well as assisting Eddie Nketiah, the goal was voted goal of the round by BBC.
Saka followed up these performances with assists to Pepe against Newcastle in where he got the ball from LW, nutmegged a Newcastle defender and provided a driven cross it to Pepe who slotted away. He then set up Lacazette against Olympiacos for his ninth assist of the season in a 1-0 win. Saka hit double digit assists when he whipped in a beautiful cross for Nketiah in a thrilling 3-2 home win against Everton. Further performances against Portsmouth and West Ham solidified his grip in the first team.
On July 1st 2020, Saka signed a long-term contract as his contract was running down and a lot of the big clubs were keeping an eye. Arteta spoke very highly of him.
First PL Goal
Saka scored his first PL goal for the club against Wolves with a half volley in a 2-0 win. He was an unused sub in our 2-1 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final thus ending the season with a trophy in his rookie season. He was second runner up for the Arsenal POTY. Saka ended the season with 4 goals and 11 assists in all competitions, amazing stats for a kid that just broke through at the age of 18.
Carrying the Franchise
Now let me get to his second season this is where God’s Child starts to shine even more. Saka adopted a RW position and his performances in this role are just unbelievable to watch. How can this boy at the age of 19 be carrying Arsenal wallahi I don’t understand? He’s just so important to how we play and this can be underlined by his number of minutes on the pitch. He has the most among outfield players across all competitions with 2497 minutes that is crazy. This has led to concerns that he could burn out from playing every game in an already tightly packed season.
Just a few days ago against Benfica we made the game so much more difficult than we should’ve, but of course my star boy dragged us from the depths of hell and provided 2 assists for Aubameyang to drag us through to the last 16 of the Europa League. With six goals and seven assists in all competitions, Saka’s form and fitness could be pivotal to salvage our disaster of a season. That’s all I have to say on Bukayo Saka the kid is just amazing, easily the best English talent with Phil Foden, don’t chat to me about the guy’s like CHO and Bumwood these guys work for Saka, they polish his f*****g shoes.
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