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“That’s football” – Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard responds to Saka physicality complaints 0

Posted on March 21, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal returned from their trip to Villa Park on Saturday victorious, with Bukayo Saka netting the only goal on the half-hour mark. The 20-year-old winger was unsurprisingly good, quite apart from the goal, continuously testing the home side’s defence throughout until he made way for Nicolas Pepe in a like-for-like substitution in the 69th minute.

Speaking after the game, Saka complained about needing more protection from the officials when taking players on. He drew a number of fouls from the opposition, including a bookable offence from Tyrone Mings just three minutes after scoring, for which a number of Arsenal players wanted the Villa defender to be sent off.

Transfer rumours: Saka, Torreira 0

Posted on February 18, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

There has been talk lately about the apparent uncertainty when it comes to the future of Bukayo Saka, with the winger said to be willing to consider moving away from the club unless the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. Come the end of this season, the winger will have two years remaining on his contract, and though the club are believed to be keen to reward his recent contribution with improved terms and prolonged deal, Saka himself is just as cautious about recommitting as he was in the spring of 2020, when a long saga ended with him signing his current contract.

Arsenal face potential Saka problem 0

Posted on February 05, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

There was plenty of talk about the future of Bukayo Saka in the spring of 2020, when the young winger was extremely close to seeing his contract expire. A number of clubs were said to be hovering around, waiting to see if he could be prized away from the Emirates for nothing. Arsenal fended off the danger at the  time by handing him a brand new four-year deal, but less than two years later, the same issue appears to be on the horizon again.

Latest transfer rumours: Guimaraes, Kulusevski, Saka 0

Posted on December 31, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

It’s the evening on the final day of the year, and the January transfer window will be open in a couple of hours. It’s not really surprising, therefore, that transfer rumours have started picking up pace. Let’s take a look at a couple of recent ones involving Arsenal.

Dejan Kulusevski

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal lead the race to sign the Juventus winger ahead of neighbours and arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Juventus are believed to be holding out for a fee of €35 million, which is not that much for a player like Kulusevski – 21 and notably talented.

Arsenal trio impress for England 0

Posted on November 16, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It was another impressive night at the office for the England national team as they ran out 10-0 winners over minnows San Marino – securing qualification for next year’s World Cup in the process. It was the kind of result that was never going to be in doubt and while San Marino showed heart in places, this was embarrassingly easy for the Three Lions.

The big news for Arsenal fans, though, is how well the three Gunners players in the squad performed. Aaron Ramsdale kept a clean sheet in goal, Emile Smith Rowe scored in the 58th minute and Bukayo Saka put the final nail in the coffin in the 79th minute.

Saka and Ramsdale make England squad 0

Posted on November 04, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

England boss Gareth Southgate has called up Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale for the remaining two matches of the World Cup qualifications during the upcoming international break. The Three Lions face Albania next Friday and San Marino the following Monday, needing four points to make absolutely certain they finish top of Group I, ahead of Poland and Albania.

There can be no doubt over the fact that both Saka and Ramsdale have earned to play for their country with excellent performances this season.

Arsenal’s win over Leicester reflects a successful summer 0

Posted on November 01, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal left the King Power Stadium with the three points in their pockets after fist-half goals from Gabriel Magalhaes and Emile Smith Rowe led to a victory over Leicester City on Saturday. It was, for the large part of the match, Arsenal as they should be again – dominant, fluid, attacking, or to put it simply, the better team.

Arsenal demand explanation for McArthur avoiding red card for Saka foul 0

Posted on October 21, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Just before the halftime of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Monday, James McArthur committed a savage, deliberate foul on Bukayo Saka, and referee Mike Dean shocked most people by showing the Palace midfielder only a yellow card.

There can be no doubt about the malicious intention in that situation; McArthur knew exactly what he was doing and he was never going for the ball at all. With Saka, who soon had to leave the pitch because of it, yet to return to training and being a huge doubt for the Aston Villa clash on Friday, there can also be no doubt about the fact that McArthur’s foul endangered the safety of an opposition player – an offence worthy of a red card, according to the rules.

Saka and Smith Rowe to inspire Arsenal youngsters – Mertesacker 0

Posted on October 14, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s top priority at the moment is, without a grain of doubt, to get back to playing European football as soon as possible after failing to qualify for any of the UEFA competitions for the first time in a quarter of a century. Preferably, it should be the Champions League, and from that point on the sights should be set higher.

There have been endless debates about what went wrong at the club since Arsene Wenger left in 2018; arguably even before the departure of the iconic Frenchman, and consequently, about what the team needs now to get back where it belongs. However, the long-term future obviously shouldn’t be forgotten.

Has Arteta found the right formula? 0

Posted on September 27, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen Arsenal show as much quality and spirit as they did in the North London Derby on Sunday, and it was certainly a welcome sight for sore eyes. Particular praise should go to Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who grabbed a goal and an assist each.

There has been criticism directed at those responsible at the club, mostly manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu, about the best players in the team being the two boys practically just out of their teens. However, both Saka and Smith Rowe clearly showed on Saturday that they are ready to step up and deliver on big occasions. And as Arteta said before the game, they don’t come any bigger than Tottenham Hotspur coming to the Emirates Stadium.

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