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BBC Pundit Garth Crooks urges Liverpool to sign Arsenal youngster

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BBC Pundit Garth Crooks has suggested that Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United should be trying their best to land Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka this summer.

The 19-year-old attacker has arguably been the Gunners best player this season. He is the only bright spot in what has been a miserable campaign for the club. He has made 29 appearances in the league, scoring five and assisting three goals. This has earned him an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.94, the highest among his teammates.

The England international has played in almost all front positions this season, also filling in as a left wing-back or left-back. He started the weekend’s win over West Bromwich Albion as a left-back and put in a man-of-the-match performance.

He is a valuable asset to Mikel Arteta’s side. But given Arsenal’s lack of European football next season, Saka maybe tempted to leave the Emirates for a bigger club this summer.

Bukayo Saka to leave Arsenal
Saka has been in fantastic form this season. Photo: Football.London

Crooks urges Liverpool to sign Saka:

Former Tottenham Hotspur man Garth Crooks forward has urged Liverpool and Manchester United to make the most of Arsenal’s current dismal situation and sign teenager Bukayo Saka in the summer transfer window.

Crooks made the comments about Saka while explaining his decision to include the England international in his Premier League Team of the Week. He wrote on BBC Sport:

“Regular readers will know what I think of this lad. If Manchester United or Liverpool don’t get their hand in their pocket and buy him, there is something seriously wrong with them.

Bukayo Saka has been outstanding for Arsenal all season. He was their only shining light against Villarreal on Thursday night. And his performance against West Bromwich Albion days later was devastating. Everybody is talking about Manchester City’s Phil Foden, this lad is just as good if not better.

Crook urges Liverpool and United to sign Saka. Photo: Daily Express

Will Saka leave Arsenal?

There is no doubting the talent of Saka. Despite being so young, he has already proven he can play very well in the Premier League and in Europe. His pace, energy, and quality on the ball, combined with his versatility, make him a complete player. The Arsenal academy graduate is one of the best teenagers in the Premier League.

Arsenal will have a huge squad rebuild in the summer transfer window, as they try to bounce back from a terrible season. The squad is aging and is underperforming massively. As a result, there will be loads of incomings as well as numerous outgoings.

But Arsenal have to make sure they keep Saka at all costs if they want to build something moving forward. At 19, he is their most important player and he will continue to improve in the future. Saka should be central to their rebuild.

As for Liverpool, as things stand, they won’t be playing in the Champions League next season. And it might lead to any of their famous front-three of Mane, Salah and Firmino leave Anfield this summer. If it happens, Saka should be Jurgen Klopp’s obvious target. He ticks all the boxes required to be a Liverpool player.

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