Arsenal fans compared Bukayo Saka to Lionel Messi after his performance against PSV.
Bukayo Saka once more displayed his class as Arsenal defeated PSV to clinch qualification for the Europa League knockout round.
Granit Xhaka’s goal in the 71st minute was enough for Mikel Arteta’s team to secure a 1-0 victory. With this outcome, they are assured a spot in the round of 32; but, if they earn one point in their subsequent match, they will advance directly to the round of 16.
Despite the fact that Xhaka scored the game-winning goal, Saka received praise from the crowd for his outstanding play against the tenacious PSV team.
The 21-year-old was outstanding right away since he was a crucial component of Arsenal’s assault. Saka was consistently driving toward the PSV defense, engaging his full backs, and generating opportunities for his teammates.
Saka would have left the game with at least one goal and an assist if it weren’t for a solid effort by PSV goalkeeper Walter Benitez.
Saka was given a standing ovation by the Emirates fans when Arteta made the decision to substitute him out in the 85th minute.
On social media, people responded to Saka’s performance and even made comparisons to the legendary Lionel Messi of Argentina.
He plays much like an Argentine playing in Paris, according to a fan.
Another wrote on Twitter: “Saka can still easily dribble past people while being fouled and booted. We’ve seen world-class quality from him today, reminiscent of Neymar or Messi.
Not even kidding, a third supporter chimed in. No footballer, in my opinion, compares to a young Messi more than our Saka.
There were worries Saka had hurt himself during the PSV game. Arsenal manager Arteta discussed Saka’s injury after the game.
Yes, he received a kick, and he was hobbling a little, but hopefully he will be okay, the man remarked.
The Gunners have had a brilliant start to the 22/23 season, and they now lead Manchester City by four points in the Premier League with 27 points.
If Arsenal is to maintain their strong start and contend for the crown, Saka and his colleagues must be operating at full capacity.
The Gunners’ next match is on Sunday when they travel to St. Mary’s to play Southampton.