Bukayo Saka opens up on blooming a honest friendship with Arsenal teammate
Arsenal midfielder Bukayo Saka has revealed that he is growing closer to one of the Gunners’ summer transfer arrivals as the team continues to impress.
The North London club is now top of the Premier League, and they defeated Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The attitude of the Arsenal players has been consistently commended, which has enabled them go five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.
A friendship formed between academy graduate Saka and back-up goalkeeper Matt Turner exemplifies the squad’s chemistry. The American only moved to North London in the summer after leaving MLS club New England Revolution.
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Despite just making five appearances for the team, the 28-year-old has already left an impression on the group. In an interview with Men In Blazers, Saka hailed the two’s growing friendship while also joked that he was disappointed not to have scored against his club teammate at the World Cup when England and the United States met in the group stages.
He said: “I was very disappointed [that I didn’t score] actually! We spoke about that before and he said I’m not allowed to score against him so I guess his wish came true.
“Matt is a top guy. I love speaking to him. He’s so funny. He teaches me some American slang words. Every time I see him, I just go ‘You straight?’ and he says it back to me [laughs].”
Saka has starred for Arsenal so far this season, with the 21-year-old having eight goals and seven assists in all competitions, including a spectacular strike in the win over Manchester United. He had the opportunity to double his afternoon’s work but saw another long-range attempt bounce back off the base of the post.
United legend Roy Keane believes the Hale End graduate is now good enough to play for any of Europe’s top clubs. “The thing for the player himself is that he [Saka] looks like he goes out and enjoys the game,” the Irishman told Sky Sports following Arsenal’s triumph.
“He looks like a nice lad away from the game which always helps but when he’s playing, he can beat a man. When you’re playing for the big clubs you need one or two players that can beat a man because that changes the picture in football matches.
“I like everything about him. I think he can go and play for any of the big clubs in Europe and play for them and i’m including Real Madrid in that.
“I think he’s that good. I think he’s fantastic. What a talent. I love watching him.”
Arsenal could have a decision to make over Saka’s future at the Emirates Stadium with just 18 months remaining on his current deal – Liverpool having been linked with a move for his services.