Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka was a key force behind his side’s crucial 3-2 victory over Manchester United yesterday (January 22), says former United defender Rio Ferdinand. rice field.
Saka scored his second excellent goal for Arsenal and impressed all over the pitch. Ferdinand also claimed Saka was named Young Player of the Year.
On his FIVE show, Ferdinand said Saca “scared” Show’s left-back.
“I think Saka, my young player of the year, had Shaw scared,” he said. “That’s the first time I’ve seen Shaw look like, ‘Oh, this guy has got my number’.”
The former England international felt Shaw gave the Arsenal striker too much freedom on the pitch.
“He gave him far too much space a lot of the time, allowed him to run and get into the box before engaging with him because he didn’t want to get beat,” Ferdinand said.
The 44-year-old also praised United’s left-back for his performances so far this season.
“He thought if he tried to face him up he’d just shift it around him. But Shaw’s been magnificent for United up to this point,” he added.
Arsenal is now top of the Premier League table with five points clear and is the frontrunners to lift the trophy at the end of the season. Manchester City is chasing them, and the two remaining games in between will play a key role in determining who will ultimately be champions.
Meanwhile, Manchester United finished fourth behind Newcastle due to a higher goal difference. Manager Eric ten Hag tries to regroup and continues the team’s battle for a top-four finish.
Star midfielder prefers moving to Arsenal over Chelsea: report
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice would rather move to Arsenal than Chelsea at the end of the season.
The prospect of playing under manager Mikel Arteta has piqued the interest of players looking for a break from relegation-battling Hamers, according to The Guardian.
Rice was a member of the Chelsea academy until the age of 14 and there has been speculation that he would like to return to the blues. However, the report adds that Arteta is a big Rice fan and has already made plans to add the midfielder to his squad.
West Ham is hoping to fetch around £100m for the player, but with the player’s contract expiring in the summer of 2024, a deal worth around £80m could be on the card.