'We're so blessed': Some Arsenal fans buzzing over exciting Friday news
Arsenal fans have celebrated the announcement that Bukayo Saka is in the running for the 2021 Kopa Trophy.
The Gunners and England ace has become an indispendable player for club and country over the past two years.
Saka, who came through the ranks at Hale End, is closing in on 100 competitive senior appearances for Arsenal.
The 20-year-old has also won 11 caps for England, scoring twice, and featured at Euro 2020.
This season, Saka has made nine appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side and has two goals and one assist to his name.
Now, the Arsenal gem is on the ten-man shortlist for the best player in world football under the age of 21.
Saka is up against two England teammates in Jude Bellingham and Mason Greenwood.
Pedri, Florian Wirtz, Gio Reyna, Jeremy Doku, Ryan Gravenberch, Jamal Musiala and Nuno Mendes are also in the running.
Great news for Saka, testament to his immense talent and the incredibly hard work he’s been putting in to get to where he is now.
And naturally, Arsenal fans are delighted to see their starboy in the running for the accolade:
The only person standing in his way is Pedri.— Jay Gatsby (@ntrukpom) October 8, 2021
Even with that, Saka is easily the favorite.
The greatest their is, the greatest their was and the greatest their will be Bukayo Saka has more trophies than Kane 😭😭— Shem (@AfcShem) October 8, 2021
Brand new 10 year contract please— evan 》 (@afcevan) October 8, 2021
Sometimes I don’t deep how special Saka is man, we’re so blessed to have him. Still has much more to give and more to improve too. https://t.co/qGOyi1VHKi— C (@AFC_Carys) October 8, 2021
Would be so dope if he won it. Probably would be the first Arsenal youngster ever to win it?— KING👑 (@_IKENNA_) October 8, 2021
Our shining light 🔥— Nathalie Hudson 🍄 (@lilnatz4) October 8, 2021
Starboy 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️— Gee (@George_Hefner) October 8, 2021
Kylian Mbappe won the first Kopa Trophy in 2018, followed by Matthijs de Ligt, while last year it didn’t take place due to the global health crisis.
This year’s winner will be crowned in Paris on 29 November, alongside the men and women’s Ballon d’Or winners.