Whoops..Its the Saka Thread

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  1. MisplacedSpainard

    Apr 5, 2007
    Silver Spring, MD
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Is it too early? Maybe so but why not get excited about our boy Saka. This kid will be something

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  2. maskito

    maskito Member+

    Jan 14, 2006
    Minneapolis
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hard not to be impressed with him so far. He has already shown ability to be world class, which would be great for a homegrown lad.
     
  3. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Never too early to have a thread for someone who's been hard to drop from our XI lately. :)
     
  4. mebeSajid

    mebeSajid Member+

    Feb 16, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Pay him.



    Though, interestingly, Bayern has someone who might be better, albeit ten months older:

     
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  5. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Future world class winger
     
  6. Walia Ibex

    Walia Ibex Red Card

    Arsenal
    Ethiopia
    Oct 2, 2019
    Love this kid and he is one of our own. I wonder if we will ever play him in his natural position LW or will he just be converted as a LB. I wonder too who he will declare for internationally England or Nigeria. I hope he declares for the Super Eagles!
     
  7. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Saw a report this morning claiming that we are finalizing a 5 yr extension.
     
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  8. Walia Ibex

    Walia Ibex Red Card

    Arsenal
    Ethiopia
    Oct 2, 2019
  9. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He currently makes approx 3000 GBP/wk and is only 18. How much do you want to give him?
     
  10. Walia Ibex

    Walia Ibex Red Card

    Arsenal
    Ethiopia
    Oct 2, 2019
    100k easy. He has been our best player outside of Aubameyang and Leno. Wonder if any other team can offer him more?, is he a Free agent in the American sports sense or is he "restricted"? As an Arsenal academy kid they have dibs on dictating the number and then he can only accept or refuse and run his contract out....
     
  11. chjoak

    chjoak Member+

    Jun 17, 2009
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree that he has been good but throwing out crazy deals like that to 18yo HG/Academy kids is what got us into trouble under Wenger. He threw big deals at "core" guys that ended up not reaching potential and then we had to let them leave as FA or practically give them away. How long did we try to get rid of Jenks but were unable because of his salary?

    Saka looks amazing but throwing 100k/wk at him at 18 is gonna lead to issues with roster management and payroll that will get out of control very quickly.
     
  12. Walia Ibex

    Walia Ibex Red Card

    Arsenal
    Ethiopia
    Oct 2, 2019

    If another club especially a rival snaps him up and gives him significantly more than whatever were offering that we will regret it big time. I never rated Jenks, Holding, Chambers or yes everybody inexplicable favorite Ramsey.
     
  13. footykid

    footykid Member+

    Jan 10, 2005
    Mississauga, Ont
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    France
    Saka has look amazing in his first season. If he progresses of course they will increase his salary. But going all in on an 18 year old is not how Arsenal will rebuild.
     
  14. Walia Ibex

    Walia Ibex Red Card

    Arsenal
    Ethiopia
    Oct 2, 2019
    I would like to see him as LW in his natural position next year. That is a need for us. Hopefully Tierney will be the starter at LB soon and have Kola as backup or bring in a backup for depth.
     
  15. BIGHMW

    BIGHMW Member+

    Oct 10, 2010
    Port Townsend, WA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Either way ,no matter at what price even I (with my limited time viewing him as I am not yet completely set up with my TV situation here at Sporting Bishop Park Apartments inside Unit 111), see it as a no-brainer, Bukayo Saka is a keeper, whoever found him must be a pretty damn good scout, so SIGN HIM god damnit!!! NO MATTER WHAT PRICE!!! OR, lose him to another club who will pay TOP-DOLLAR for him, much like United did with RVP or even like Chel$ki with Ollie who either one of them could've wound up being one of The Gunners' finest strikers since King Henry XIV when he graced the pitch at Highbury all those many years ago when we played 38 and lost ZERO!!!
     
  16. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    It's long past time to resurrect another neglected player thread. Especially since Bukayo has taken our team and the league by storm lately... arguably MVP of our season so far.

    Here's just the latest data point I happened to notice in an email from NBC with this week's player power ratings:
    https://soccer.nbcsports.com/2021/01/28/premier-league-player-power-rankings-analysis/

    And shout out to his Hale End buddy ESR cracking this list!
     
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  17. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Congrats to Bukayo, our young shining star. Who won his second straight POTM award.

    Not too shabby! And no big surprise really. I voted for him both times.

    In a very short time and at a still very young age, he's risen to the top of the list of players who make our XI.

    That said, from a collective POV, we should all look forward to seeing some more serious and wider competition for POTM and POTS in the not too distant future. ;)
     
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  18. thebigman

    thebigman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Birmingham
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    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    This kid is gonna be the goat academy attacking player
     
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  19. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    And then he goes onto greener pastures, because Arsenal struggle to challenge for shit.
     
  20. super gooner

    super gooner Member

    Arsenal
    England
    Sep 20, 2020
    He makes the difference every time he plays. He just scares defences, oh and goalies, they just trip him up and give him a PK.
     
  21. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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  22. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
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    Arsenal FC
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    United States
    Plus some nice praise from Bernd Leno today during the pre-match presser:

    "There's nothing to say. His performances are incredible. He's a top player and he has a top mentality. I think it's very unusual for a young player like him because he's very professional. He feels older than he is because he's almost leading the team. This is a very good sign. I'm pretty sure he will become a world-class player. We are very happy to have him because this season - I don't know if he's the best - he's been one of the best players."
     
  23. CarlosKaiser

    CarlosKaiser Member+

    Arsenal
    United States
    Jul 30, 2018
    Kansas City
    Congrats to Saka for making the England Euro squad. Quite the turnaround from this weekend when it was widely assumed he would be left out. He could probably use a rest this summer, but hopefully it will be a good experience.
     
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  24. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

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    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yeah, double-edged sword. He was looking pretty gassed at the end of our season so he really needs a rest. And the boss markedly took him out of the XI for the last few games. It's great that he was called up for a major tournament, but Arsenal fans can only hope that: A) the Euros are good for him and he gets to really contribute, and B) he doesn't come back with an injury or more tired than he already was.
     
  25. maskito

    maskito Member+

    Jan 14, 2006
    Minneapolis
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He scored the lone/winning goal against Austria today. I had to scrub my eyes after seeing Harry Kane give him a hug after he scored.
     
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