Bukayo Saka: Little Chilli

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by oh to be a goon, Jun 6, 2020.


What #1 position would you use Saka for?

  1. LB/LWB

  2. LW

  3. LCM

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  1. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member


    Some people really just don't have an eye for talent.
  2. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Agree with everything other than the last line. Kid was obviously quality from the jump and my best m8 (used to be on here) called him being our best prospect at the time. Anyway glad to see he's doing well.
  3. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    I strongly agree. Nobody cares but I had to deal with this for the majority of last year with zero back up.
  4. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Oh wait, are you saying you r8 Saka and everyone else thought he was sh!t? If so, apologies I wasn't around lol.
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  5. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    I've been on Saka train since the majority were ripping into him for getting chances but not Amaechi.

    I'm not the one to brag but I could probably be an elite scout in football if I wasn't a failure of a chemist so far.
  6. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Hydro was one of his biggest backers long before most tbf.
  7. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Tbh between me and my best m8 we generally call 95% of players before other people, I called Hazard being a worldie when people here said Gervinho had the better stats etc.

    The only one I got seriously wrong was Vela who I thought would go on to do wonders but didn't have the minerals.

    Maybe we should start up a private scouting network :lol:
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  8. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Just putting on a little drama show now. Its raining outside and my mom won't buy me a 66° raincoat.
  9. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    Don't think I've ever called a player wrong although I don't make bold calls though tbf.

    The one guy who currently has my rep on the line is Keita at Liverpool, he hasn't outright flopped but if he doesn't deliver the goods this season he'll have killed my 100% record.
  10. DJ_Markstar

    DJ_Markstar Well-Known Member

    Keita is sh!t mate, that's a bad call. Tbf tho Henderson is sh!t too and yet captains a side that won the league.
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  11. Trilly

    Trilly The John Sauce Of Ilford Trusted

    He looked so good in Germany but yeah I've learnt my lesson wrt that league now.
  12. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid Dishonest To His Federation

    Dembele is also on the ropes and initially, you weren't a big fan of Saka either although you liked him as a full-back prospect.

    But I still like you and you make rainy days sunny ones so please don't fight me over this!
  13. grange

    grange Well-Known Member

    Did an entire page just get deleted while I read and refreshed? :lol::lol:
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  14. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    No, it was just moved to another thread. Going to try and keep this about Saka, you can read more about the sexual deviancy of A-M posters here.
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  15. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I see.

    What I meant is he transformed himself from a great prospect to a great player.

    When he got to Germany, Gnabry switched up his training routine - started yoga, changed his diet and hired a coach to work on his balance and strength. He also surrounded himself with great people in a relatively distraction free environment.

    Sometimes you see an ex who’s thriving and wonder why you let them go but the truth is that you needed to do so for them to thrive.

    We wanted to keep him but showed it a tad too late.
  16. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Vela is still an incredible player, he had 34 goals last season in the MLS and he's barely a footballer ffs. He just lacks the cojones.
  17. Gooner416

    Gooner416 Well-Known Member

    Anyway, wouldn't be surprised to see a little regression in terms of G/A from Saka. Need to be realistic. This is still a very young player, need to temper our expectations.
  18. Geofranco

    Geofranco Well-Known Member

    Saka will always get assists. I can see him breaking Henry's EPL assist record by the time he is like 22. I expect him to have 15+ assists in all competitions this season.
  19. AbouCuéllar

    AbouCuéllar Well-Known Member

    Those are pretty typical things for a young footballer to do in a proper environment.

    What you're saying is true in so far as we offered something of a toxic environment (one of the big problems in Gnabry's development--his injury--was symptomatic of what was happening at the time, not very evolved training and sports science methods and lots of injuries in comparison to other clubs) in the later years under Wenger, but I don't think Gnabry had to leave Arsenal at all per se to triumph. He needed to be at a club who could take care of his development in a decent fashion but that's about it, he was a massive talent and he could've made it anywhere, probably even at Arsenal (his performances in the Olympics were indicative of someone who was ready to do his thing at the top level, and he was still at Arsenal then), despite it being a sub-optimal place for is development.
  20. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Well-Known Member Trusted

    I think you're doing him a bit of a disservice there...

    There are many things that can go awry with young talented footballers if they don't have the right blend of talent, maturity and work ethic. The latter two are intrinsic qualities that come from their upbringing.

    You can't pin everything on external factors. Put a talented player in any environment you like, but a small fraction make it to elite status. Even those who get regular football. Why do you think that is?

    It's not easy every day to pay attention to recovery away from training or eat right and take care of yourself mentally. Gnabry spent time learning about his own body. He practiced on his weaker foot. And.... controversial... got dose of luck after having had a dose of bad luck.

    Robben and Ribery both being phased out, along with the German NT ending a cycle at the time Gnabry was coming to prominence, all fell nicely in sync and he grew in confidence.

    Again, we wanted to keep him, but he had his mind made up. My issue is solely with our failure to demand a significantly high asking price. nor include any clauses.

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