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Love Saka, but that's going to far. That type of end product from Cristiano and Messi is just outrageous. Saka's gonna have a big season for sure. Can see him and Martinelli taking their game to another level this season playing next to Jesus.
So who does Arteta drop, then, for the next game, MotM Willian, Pepe, or Thursday MotM and player of the season Saka? Not all 3 can play. May try Willian at 10 again if ESR doesn't make it. Nice problem to have for a change I guess.
You're gonna give credit to Arteta for Pepe? The same guy who brought Willian in the summer to replace Pepe? Much wow I think Arteta has done a lot of things to help Pepe. Auba said Arteta works most with Pepe in training and it just feels Arteta, everything he has said and done regarding Pepe...
Hi all. I don't post on here often but I wanted to share a perspective on Saka which is a little bit against the conventional view.
No doubt he's a wonder kid at Arsenal and he's done great to establish himself in the first team.
But a little part of me says that he will at some point hit a ceiling and not become "elite".
When I watch him play on the wing, I've rarely seem him beat the fullback near the byline. Usually when he gets the ball at the byline he passes it back inwards to the midfielder nearest to him back into the center of the pitch. It's essentially a dead end because the center of the pitch is packed.
What I want to see him more do is whip the ball into the goal from the byline or try to take on the full back who is in front of him. I've rarely seen him do that and seen so many attacks break down once saka gets the ball at the byline.
Take nothing away from him, he still gets goals and assists but my observation is that they're more tap ins, or being in the right place (e.g. his goal against sevilla yesterday was a good example of being in the right place to poke the ball in). That means he has exceptional off the ball movement and ability to be there at the right time
So all in all, I'm a bit confused about Saka. He definitely has great off the ball movement and positioning, but I don't see him particularly great at the "winger" role especially from the byline where many wingers spend their time.
Look at trent Alexander Arnold from the wing. He has an incredible ability to whip the ball in.