Only four players in the top five leagues in Europe have both seven goals and the same number of assists, and Bukayo Saka is one of them.
In Sunday’s exciting 3-2 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates, the 21-year-old curled in a spectacular shot from outside the box.
Adebayo Akinfenwa was rendered dumbfounded as Saka jinxed past Christian Eriksen and arrowed in a shot from 25 yards out into the bottom left corner.
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With his stunning feat, he has now scored against the Red Devils in three straight games, matching Arsenal icons Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg.
More significantly, Arsenal’s victory has allowed them to increase their advantage over Manchester City to five points at the top of the league.
According to Squawka’s statistics, Saka is on par statistically with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli, Lionel Messi, and Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain this season.
Only those four players have contributed seven goals and assists in their prestigious league.
While Messi has eight goals and 10 assists, Neymar is the league leader with 11 goals and ten assists, and Kvaratskhelia has equal stats to Saka [seven and seven].
Despite playing 19 less games this season than previous, Saka has already matched his assist total in the Premier League.
He is only four strikes short of his season’s goal total for 2021–2022.
After the game, Saka told the Arsenal website that he thought his curler against United was the best of his career to date.
Definitely my best objective, he declared. No other objective, and especially for what it signified, can be argued with this one, in my opinion.
“I’m playing with a lot of confidence, a smile, and freedom, and everyone around me is playing so well,” he concluded. I enjoy playing for this team. I really like each and every game. He said, when asked about the significance of the victory, “I can’t put it into words.
“We are aware of how important this game is, the history between the two teams, and how significant a victory would be based on the table.
You could tell by the festivities how much it meant to everyone that we were able to accomplish it.