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'How anyone could even suggest': BBC pundit shocked by what people are saying about Arsenal's Saka

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Garth Crooks has hit out at people questioning Arsenal star Bukayo Saka’s incredible chip against Chelsea on Saturday, in his column on BBC Sport.

The teenager has arguably been our best player this season. He has mainly featured on the left – either as a wing-back or as a winger this term. But, Mikel Arteta handed him a start on the right flank against the Blues and he was fantastic.

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Saka took his opportunity brilliantly. He was one of the best players on the pitch and he capped his fine performance with a tremendous chip[ed goal in the second half to push the game beyond Chelsea’s reach.

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Many people questioned if Saka actually meant that goal. It did look like he was positioning himself for a cross. However, the 19-year-old claimed that he chipped the goalkeeper intentionally, and Crooks is stunned that fans and pundits are thinking otherwise.

Crooks: Saka’s chip was intentional and it was magnificent

He wrote: “How anyone could even suggest that Saka didn’t mean to chip Edouard Mendy for Arsenal’s third against Chelsea, having seen the analysis, is a mystery to me. You see the lad look at the keeper before he attempts to execute the skill.”

“The only people who could possibly suggest this magnificent goal was anything other than a fluke are those incapable of displaying such ability.”

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“I hope Arsenal realise what they’ve got here. This kid could be anything he wants to be. The Gunners have developed some great players in the past and if they play their cards right they may be on the verge of creating another.”

People can say all they want about Saka’s chip but the youngster will not care. He picked up his goal and Arsenal finally ended their terrible run in the league – nothing else should matter.

Mikel Arteta has a lot to think about now. The youngsters put up a fantastic performance and it would be harsh to drop any of them. However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe are waiting on the sidelines and they will give the Arsenal boss a huge selection headache.

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