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Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by Benfica in our first-leg clash in the Europa League last night.

The Gunners dominated the game but lacked ruthlessness in front of goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed three very good chances. On another day, he would’ve buried them all, but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be in Rome.

Benfica took the lead from the spot and it looked like it was going to be one of those days for Arsenal. Thankfully, Bukayo Saka saved the day, and we now have something to take to the second leg in Greece next week.


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Saka will once again be our most important player. The teenager has been phenomenal for us this season, and his stats show why he’s regarded as one of the best young players in world football.

Opta claim that Saka is the youngest Premier League player to reach double figures in both goals and assists since the start of last season.

That is a phenomenal stat and former England star Gary Lineker, like most of us, was wowed by it.

Saka for England?

Gareth Southgate has a difficult decision to make ahead of England’s Euros campaign. The Three Lions boss will be pressurised by fans of every club to pick their best player, and irrespective of who he picks, he will end up annoying one fanbase or another.

Saka, however, has done more than enough in the Premier League this season to show that he is good enough to represent his country at the highest level.

He offers a lot of options thanks to his versatility as well, which makes him a must-pick this summer. However, his lack of experience at international level could make Southgate go the other way, and that would be really unfair.

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