Jack Wilshere makes Bukayo Saka claim
Jack Wilshere has told the Highbury Squad that he could tell Bukayo Saka had something special when he initially started to train with the Arsenal first-team, claiming that he has been the Gunners’ best player since becoming a regular in the squad.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed an incredible rise. It is easy to forget that he went into 2019 having not made his Premier League debut.
Two and a half years later, Saka was entrusted with taking England’s fifth penalty in the Euro 2020 final.
It comes after the Arsenal youngster had enjoyed an amazing tournament. And that was off the back of another superb campaign with the Gunners.
Like several other youngsters, Saka was a shining light in a tough season for Mikel Arteta’s men.
But Wilshere hinted that Saka’s development has come as little surprise to him as he had the chance to work with the winger before he moved on in 2018.
“When I was there, he trained with us a couple of times,” he told Highbury Squad. “And you could always tell that he had something special and Arsene always liked him.
“Then obviously, Arsene left and you were always worried that the new manager might come in and have different ideas.
“But I think his quality and his character, as we’ve seen recently, he was 18 when he first started playing properly and he’s been Arsenal’s best player ever since.”
Wilshere unlikely to be concerned about how ‘special’ Arsenal starlet Saka bounces back after Euro 2020 heartbreak
It was incredibly hard to watch Saka have his decisive penalty saved in the Euro 2020 final. And of course, the football world united behind the youngster after he received racist abuse following the game.
It says a lot however, that supporters seem to have little concern about how Saka will respond to the disappointment of failing to score from the spot.
Saka has stepped up every time he has been asked – as the penalty proved. And it will surprise no one if he bounces back immediately.
He is destined for the top. And it is hard to imagine him letting the penalty knock him out of his stride for long.