Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell has said he “can’t believe” Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka started at left-back given his recent performance for England.
Gareth Southgate’s England whiz past Ukraine 2-0 in the Euro 2024 qualifier at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Bukayo Saka assisted and scored for his country – Gary Lineker called him a “wonderfully gifted footballer”.
Whether on the training ground, as a team-mate or as an opponent, Ben Chilwell experienced the 21-year-old’s magic up close and made it clear he was “such a huge talent”.
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That attempt at curling just before half-time was not only Saka’s eighth goal for his country, but it’s another goal for his name in a season that saw him win the Premier League title.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have a five-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, with their star left-wing recently becoming the first player this season to score double-digits in both goals and assists.
He’s taking that magic to the international stage, with Chilwell praising the player for what he does both on and off the pitch, as he told Hayters TV.
“I can’t believe he (Saka) played at left-back when he can do that,” Chilwell said. “Such a great talent. I think everyone can see what he gives on the pitch.
“He’s one of the best people I’ve met in football. We see him daily at camp and he just brings joy to everyone else. He’s always smiling and he’s a nice guy and then he comes onto the pitch and delivers like that for us.
“One assist and one goal and it ultimately wins us the game. I’m happy for him.”
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SAKA CONTINUES TO SHINE
The £70,000-a-week Arsenal star (Spotrac) was a fresh-faced teenager when he first came through the first-team ranks under Unai Emery.
The now Aston Villa boss deployed Saka at left-back before being pushed further up front.
From the transformation of Granit Xhaka, to the rise of Gabriel Martinelli as an unknown player from Brazil, to Saka making Hale End academy proud with his first-team accomplishments.
There have been many success stories under Mikel Arteta and Sakas is perhaps the best.
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