Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka combined for Arsenal’s goal against Olympiacos (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has urged Bukayo Saka to put pen to paper on a new contract after the youngster produced another impressive performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win away to Olympiacos.The Europa League round of 32 first leg clash was Mikel Arteta’s first European match in charge of Arsenal and the Spaniard will be pleased to head back to the Emirates with a crucial away goal.Saka, 18, who set up Nicolas Pepe with a outstanding piece of play in Arsenal’s victory over Newcastle, was again the provider on Thursday night with a sublime assist at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Van Persie was impressed with Saka’s display versus Olympiakos (Picture: BT Sport)Van Persie added: ‘He’s really taking his chance, and that’s nice to see from a young kid to really grab his chance and play for his future.‘And he’s doing it so well. It’s so nice to see.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMikel Arteta claimed that Saka had been born with a special ‘gift’ after his performance helped Arsenal to a crucial away win at Olympiacos.‘I’m really pleased with the way he has developed. And I’m really pleased with the way he’s handling these situations because there’s a lot of highlight on him at the moment, but he’s still really humble,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s still as keen to meet with my assistant, willing to improve. He’s a great kid and he makes big decisions in the final third.‘He’s not someone who hides. He’s got the vision and the ability to execute when the spaces are really tight. That’s a gift.’MORE: Odion Ighalo reveals how Manchester United will use him in the Premier League Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Feb 2020 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares Advertisement Saka has been in outstanding form for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)The teenager put the ball on a plate for Lacazette and the Frenchman made no mistake from close range to give the visitors the lead with nine minutes remaining of the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was Saka’s ninth assist in what’s been a remarkable campaign for the makeshift left-back, but the youngster’s future still hangs in the balance after talks over a new deal hit a stumbling block.Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all registered an interest in Saka whose deal is due to expire next year. Alexandre Lacazette sends clear message to Bukayo Saka over Arsenal future Comment Saka assisted Pepe’s goal against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)After benefiting from another piece of brilliance from Saka in Athens, Lacazette pleaded with his team-mate to extend his contract in north London.‘Difficult game last night but happy to get on the score sheet. Thanks to the team for the hard work and the travelling fans for your support,’ Lacazette posted on Instagram.Saka was quick to respond in the comments and said, “Our number 9” to which Lacazette replied: “sign please”.Saka’s display in Greece earned special praise from Robin van Persie who compared the Englishman’s passing ability to that of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Dennis Bergkamp.‘Ryan Giggs used to give those passes, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes,’ the ex-Arsenal forward said on BT Sport.‘This is like ordering your striker to move into the danger zone. It’s actually world-class. Really, really good.‘This is not simple. This is very good, world-class. He makes it look easy but this pass, like I said, only the great players can give those passes.‘Most crosses there would be kicked away by the defender and would be shot too high or too low with no idea.‘But this is a pass with an idea. This is a pass with a message, and that is what you want from your players.’last_img read more

Gunners pose greater threat – Wenger

first_img Press Association Wales international Gareth Bale scored his eighth goal in his last six appearances with a superb last-minute winner to beat West Ham 3-2 on Monday night, a victory which lifted Spurs up to third in the Barclays Premier League table. However, as the two sides prepare to do battle in the north London derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Wenger insists his own side can produce plenty of attacking threats, and said: “At the moment I feel we can score from many positions and I prefer that, personally.” He added: “We have many players who can score – (Theo) Walcott can score, (Olivier) Giroud can score, (Santi) Cazorla can score, (Lukas) Podolski can score, I think (Jack) Wilshere will score as well, so we have many. “We have scored more goals than last year and last year our efficiency was always depending on (Robin) van Persie and I always worried about the day van Persie gets injured.” Despite Wenger’s bravado that Arsenal should focus on their own game rather than worrying about what Bale might do at any given moment, the Arsenal manager concedes the 23-year-old, whom he once scouted when a raw youngster at Southampton, is in top form. “Bale has good pace, at the moment he has a good conversion rate between the chances he creates and the goals he scores. That is quite cyclical (I think). “I think it’s certainly the best in Europe between in terms of conversion rate and chances created, but to maintain that is very, very difficult.” center_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham his side are no longer reliant on the goal threat of any one player.last_img read more