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ARTETA PRAISES SAKA

Manager Mikel Arteta has praised Arsenal star Bukayo Saka after England’s shootout defeat to Italy.

The 19-year-old missed a penalty as the Three Lions lost the Euro 2020 final.

Arteta, providing an update on Saka, told the club’s official website: “He’s fine.

“Obviously he had some tough days after what happened in the final but I think you have to look at the whole picture.

“This kid, at 19 years old, has played almost every game in the Premier League.

“He was our Player of the Season, I think he has earned the respect and admiration of everyone at the football club.

“But not only that, he’s gone to an international stage, he started the European competition with an injury and still he has managed to be in the starting XI.

“He reached the final and he couldn’t lift that trophy but I think he has a much bigger trophy than that, and that’s that now he really knows that in good and bad moments, everybody at the club, every Arsenal fan and every English fan is right behind him.

“He has earned that with his behaviour, his talent and with the way he is. That’s going to be there for the rest of his life.

“A trophy is there in the wardrobe and then you have to be the man in the next one.

“But what he has achieved and how he has united people is very powerful and he should be really, really proud of that.”





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