Bukayo Saka was taken aback by some of the love shown to him by Arsenal fans whi claimed they would rather keep him than win the Premier League.
Saka was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award on Tuesday for his exploits in the 2022/23 season and it’s those performances that have endeared him to the Premier League side’s support.
Saka picked up the PFA Young Player of the Year award on TuesdayHand out via PFA
Saka has been one of the most important players at Arsenal in recent years
The England international produced arguably his best season yet, helping the Gunners claim a place in the Champions League for the first time since 2017.
At the awards bash on Tuesday night, the 21-year-old was shown a clip of fans being asked: Keep Saka or win the league?
The replies were unanimous.
One fan replied: “Saka ain’t going nowhere.”
Another said: “Never! That’s not worth it, that’s our star boy that’s like your son.”
A third fan simply said: “I think second place.”
Another claimed: “We’re the biggest club in England, we’ll win the league again, I’ll keep Saka.”
A final supporter said: “That’s our son, we’ve been through so much with him, that’s not even worth contemplating. Trust the process, keep Saka, we win the Champions League next year.”
An emotional Saka watched on as fans declared their love for the Arsenal star
An emotional Saka was gobsmacked by the support and was just about able to muster up a few words for the Arsenal faithful.
Saka responded: “That’s real love, I appreciate that. I hope I can repay their faith.”
Saka scored 15 goals in 48 appearances across all competitions last season and has carried on his excellent form into the current campaign, having scored twice in the Gunners’ three league games.
The 21-year-old faces his biggest season yet with a first crack at Champions League football and a chance to avenge the disappointment of two-years ago when England hope to contest the Euros in Germany next June.
Key to Arsenal and England’s hopes of success will be the form and fitness of Saka who has become a key component for club and country.
And Arsenal fans know the true value of their academy graduate who has the makings to become one of the club’s all-time greats.