'World-class': Arsenal told they have an absolutely 'sensational' 21-year-old in their ranks
Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka gave a brilliant account of himself in England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat to France.
The Gunners ace has enjoyed another impressive major tournament, despite the Three Lions sadly falling short again.
Saka was a constant thorn in France’s side and also tracked back to help Kyle Walker out.
The Arsenal star also won the penalty from which Harry Kane equalised against the 2018 champions.
England’s media praised Saka’s efforts, with The Mirror dedicating an article to the Gunners gem’s quality.
‘We knew he was good – but not this good,’ began Darren Lewis.
‘We knew, from watching him crushing it for Arsenal, that he could perform under pressure – but not this much.
‘Yes, we lost but this was the night that Bukayo Saka stepped up from top class to world class.
‘England’s wide forward was sensational. He terrorised the France defence, tracked back to help Kyle Walker stop Mbappe and still had enough petrol in the tank to win the penalty from which Harry Kane equalised.’
The Guardian, meanwhile, gave Saka an 8 out of 10 for his efforts.
‘The winger lost the ball before France’s opener and lacked conviction in first half,’ they wrote.
‘But fine response. His dribbling terrified France after break.’
The Express also went with 8 out of 10.
‘Fouled in the buildup to France’s opening goal but didn’t get the decision,’ they wrote. ‘Looked bright with his smart interplay.
‘Earned a penalty early in the second half when he was fouled by Aurelien Tchouameni. Constant threat with his low centre of gravity and superb dribbling.’
And Sky Sports awarded Saka 7 out of 10, writing: ‘Was England’s brightest spark in open play and caused Theo Hernandez all sorts of problems down England’s flank.
‘Won England’s first penalty with one of his mazy dribbles and should have won another had it not been for the referee.’
Saka is reportedly on just £30,000-a-week, though Arsenal are believed to be in talks over a new contract.
Until the Gunners make the official announcement saying Saka has signed a new deal, fans won’t rest easy.
He is that good a talent, and it would be baffling if the world’s top clubs weren’t circling by now.