'This guy is going somewhere': Ian Wright says Arsenal have a 'generational' talent in their ranks
Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Gunners star Bukayo Saka is a “generational talent”.
The Gunners may have endured a difficult season, but the Hale End graduate has been one of their shining lights.
Saka has enjoyed a truly outstanding second season in the Arsenal first team.
His superb performances and consistency have cemented his place as one of the Premier League‘s best youngsters.
Saka has made 46 appearances for Arsenal in 2020-21, registering seven goals and 10 assists.
The 19-year-old also made his England breakthrough this season and has made Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.
Speaking on the Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright gave his verdict on Saka’s inclusion in the Three Lions squad.
“The experience that this will give him, because he’ll be involved in Qatar,” said Wright.
“Once we win this one, then we’ll go and win the World Cup with some serious players.
“Arsenal fans are saying that he needs a break, no, he needs this.
“With where he’s going and what his ability has shown us up to this point, he’s been our best player.
“He needs this kind of tournament to play against these players and be amongst these players, because I think this guy is going somewhere.
“I remember I got stick for calling him a generational talent, people said he’s not a generational talent.
“Mbappe is, R9 is, for Arsenal and for us, he’s a generational talent.”
Saka shines for Arsenal and England
Saka started on the left of an initial 4-2-3-1 setup as the Three Lions faced Austria in Wednesday’s friendly.
He was sharp from the off as he threatened on the attack, worked hard to regain possession, and scored the winning goal.
“I thought he had a very good game,” Gareth Southgate told talkSPORT after the game.
“Right from the start, he was combining well in between the lines.
“He plays with a real maturity and confidence. He’s impressed us ever since he joined up.
“He played in a team at a big club in a difficult season and showed a real consistency – and he showed that tonight.”
For all of Arsenal’s woes this past season – and indeed, much of the season before – Saka has been nothing short of superb.
The Gunners are lucky to have him in their ranks, as well as the likes of Emile Smith Rowe.
And there are plenty more talented players coming through the Hale End ranks that could well break through.
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