In what has been a poor 18 months of football for Arsenal fans, however, the England duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have emerged as promising stars of hope from their academy. While Smith Rowe remains one for the future, Bukayo Saka is already one of the best youngsters in world football and signed a new contract with the Gunners just last summer.
Bukayo Saka who is only 20-years-old has already racked up 93 appearances for the London side Gunners, and had scored 12 goals and provided 21 assists in this time. His all-around high levels of performance, across multiple positions, saw him taken to Euro 2020 as part of the Three Lions of England Coach Gareth Southgate’s 26 man squad, where he found himself making a splash on the side.
Four appearances followed for Saka, including a substitute appearance against Italy, where he, unfortunately, missed the decisive penalty in the Final shoot-out during the grand finale of Euro 2020.
He is now focused on a new season with the Gunners, Bukayo Saka will hope to put that miss behind him and continue his development into one of the best players in Europe.
One major sticking point for Gunners fans, however, is that the youngster will have just two years left on his current deal come next summer. Furthermore, previously mentioned, he signed a new contract in 2020, but this was only for four years, and this could yet be problematic. As per the reliable Fabrizio Romano, on the HereWeGo podcast:
“Some clubs are starting to approach Bukayo Saka, as one of the best players in his position for the future”
However, he continued to reveal that: “Arsenal consider him untouchable… they are planning to build on players like Bukayo Saka”
Should Saka keep up his strong performances, Arsenal fans will become increasingly anxious about his contract situation this season, with the club having been stung by players in the final years of their contract in the past. As a result, there will be pressure for the situation to be resolved before it reaches this point.
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden may be part of the Manchester City Champions League Group A opener on Wednesday.
The pair were both unused substitutes at Leicester on Saturday after overcoming ankle and foot injuries respectively.
Second-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen remains unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus during the international break, so former England international Scott Carson could be on the bench.
Former City defender Angelino could feature for RB Leipzig after getting 58 minutes under his belt on his return from a muscular injury in the 4-1 weekend defeat to Bayern Munich.
Marcel Halstenberg (ankle) is facing a race to be fit while defender Marcelo Saracchi continues his rehabilitation from a cruciate knee injury.