Opinion: Arsenal’s star uncertain to start out towards Liverpool
Arsenal at the moment are by way of to the fourth spherical of the English League Cup, because of a 2-Zero win over Leicester Metropolis final night time on the Emirates.
What can we are saying? Nicely, it’s fascinating to notice that the staff confirmed expertise, all issues thought-about, with the likes of David Luiz, Nicolas Pepe, Bernd Leno, and Mohamed Elneny all within the beginning eleven.
The staff additionally had 5 academy graduates within the beginning lineup. These embrace Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bukayo Saka, Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson, and Eddie Nketiah – and on a private notice, I believe these guys have been the actual stars of the sport.
Importantly, Nelson was vigorous, however Saka was even livelier. The teenager who had put in a really spectacular show to win Arsenal’s Man of the Match award within the cup recreation shouldn’t be assured to start out towards Liverpool on Monday.
Following his excellent efficiency towards Leicester, 42% of the followers voted for Bukayo Saka in Arsenal’s post-match ballot. That made him a transparent winner, with Reiss Nelson coming second with 20.4% votes.
The 19-year-old star put in a very spectacular first-half show, one which in all probability ought to have led to some objectives. He ought to have had a penalty additionally when he was clearly bundled over within the field. The referee thought in any other case, but when out there, VAR actually would have given it.
Then there was one other pretty piece of play on the left flank that solely wanted a contact on Saka’s cross.
All by way of the match, Saka’s intelligent touches and passes saved the staff dominant in attacking place. Let’s not overlook how properly he performed the final trip both, enjoying a pivotal function within the 2 – 1 win towards West Ham.
Nonetheless, the priority is in the truth that Saka’s former academy teammate, Ainsley Maitland-Niles appears to have been performing persistently within the massive video games, at left-wing-back.
The 23-year-old was Arteta’s first selection in all three of the latest wins towards Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Solely one in every of them can begin when Arsenal meets with Liverpool on Monday and I believe Maitland-Niles remains to be the favorite to start out within the left place whereas Hector Bellerin begins on the fitting.
Saka is certainly not going to displace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Willian/Nicolas Pepe upfront because it stands. And whereas he’s step by step proving his high quality at each alternative, I believe his fellow countryman seems to be the higher possibility to start out within the left-back place. It’s certain going to be a tricky choice for Arteta.