Wenger highlights reasons Arsenal ace Saka started for England
Arsene Wenger highlighted the reason Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka started England’s win over Denmark at Euro 2020.
The winger became the youngest player in Three Lions history to start at the semi-final stage or later.
He was directly involved in dragging Gareth Southgate’s side back into the game after Mikkel Damsgaard scored a stunning opener.
Saka’s run was met with a delicious pass in behind the Danish defence from Harry Kane. The ace pulled the ball back only for Simon Kjaer to divert it into his own net.
Speaking about him, Wenger claimed the star is more reliable further back than Jadon Sancho.
When talking about Saka, Wenger said: “Saka is more reliable defensively [than Sancho], and will defend well, he’s played full-back for Arsenal.
“You know, he’s played in every position and Sancho, sometimes, is a bit more creative with the ball, but, he forgets a lot to come back. Saka is more of an all-rounded player.”
Spells in defence were key
Spells in defence for Arsenal have earned Saka his place in amid comments from Wenger. Just a quick look at Southgate’s tactics highlights that.
This summer, Southgate has played a back-four with two defensive midfielders in front.
It’s clear the coach has identified defensive solidity as the key to his winning formula.
Taking that into account, it is no surprise Saka starts in a team with ridiculous attacking depth.
Saka’s 140 career appearances have been spread equally across positions on the left side. The 19-year-old has played 22 times at left-back.
And it wasn’t just a fill-in job, the Arsenal man produced some brilliant performances for the Gunners. He started further back in the FA Cup tie away to Bournemouth, assisting and scoring in the 2-1 win.
Saka has nailed down a starting place for England and his club experiences have played a large part in his success.