Arsenal News: Bukayo Saka has been an exciting new revelation for the Gunners. But Ray Parlour has warned the club that Manchester City and other big clubs could be coming for the player.
The youngsters have played a big part in helping Mikel Arteta this season. Owing to this, Arsenal currently sit in 4th place with 35 points from 20 Premier League games.
Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Gabriel Martinelli have made a telling difference to the Gunners. Together the young trio has scored 18 of the 33 Premier League goals for the Gunners.
Arsenal last competed in the UEFA Champions League in the 2016/17 season. Arsene Wenger was the man in charge of the Gunners back then. Given their current form, Mikel Arteta’s side are expected to give a tough challenge for a top-4 berth this season.
Arsenal News: What did Ray Parlour say about Bukayo Saka?
Ray Parlour talked about Bukayo Saka in an interview that was covered by Football London. In the interview, the former Arsenal defender spoke about Saka’s brilliance but also gave a firm warning to Arsenal.
The former Gunners defender Ray Parlour said “I look at the young team at Arsenal, they can develop and keep improving. But You know what the hardest thing is going to be? It’s keeping the players.”
Parlour warned the Gunners, saying “Saka must be on people’s radar all day long. A big side like Manchester City must be looking at him going into the transfer window.”
Manchester City have picked up a lot of Arsenal players over the last few years. Players like Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, and Gael Clichy have all switched the Red of Arsenal for the Sky Blue of City.
One of the biggest and controversial transfers over the years has been that of Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo-based player shifted loyalties in 2009. Adebayor made headlines for his ‘wild celebration’ after scoring against his former club.
Arsenal are certainly improving under Mikel Arteta. But Champions League football could be vital if they are to keep these highly rated youngsters in the squad. It has to be seen if the Gunners can finish in the top-4 at the end of the season.
How much has Saka improved the Gunners?
The Arsenal academy graduate has been a revelation for the team over the past 3 seasons. Bukayo Saka has already made over a 100 appearances for the Gunners at the young age of 20.
Saka has scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists in 20 Premier League games this season. The versatile winger was also a vital part of Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad that lost in the finals to Italy. It has to be seen if Arsenal will be able to keep hold of the youngster if they fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.