Ten-man Arsenal fought out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the home of their bitter rivals with the England youth international impressing quite a few fans on Tuesday night.
Bukayo Saka was a key part of the Gunners team that showed spirit and character to salvage a draw after going behind twice at the Stamford Bridge despite playing most of the game with a man down.
Things looked bleak for Mikel Arteta’s men when David Luiz was sent off for a foul on Tammy Abraham. Jorginho then rolled the resultant penalty past Leno to leave the visitors in all sorts of trouble. But Gabriel Martinelli scored a fine solo goal to equalize before Cesar Azpilicueta scored what appeared to be a late winner.
But Arsenal fought back through Hector Bellerin whose curler earned a point for the Gunners.
Nigerian-eligible Saka once again delivered an assured performance as a left fullback as the youngster continued his adaptation to his new role.
The 18-year-old won each of the five tackles he attempted, made three clearances, came out on top in 10 of the 13 ground duels he was engaged in and won 3 free-kicks without committing a single foul.
A few fans on Twitter saw the talented winger’s efficiency at an unfamiliar position and hailed him for a job well done.
Bukayo Saka playing well again tonight, by the way.
5/5 tackles, 3 clearances, 10/13 ground duels won, 3 free-kicks won without committing a single foul, 85% pass accuracy, 2/2 dribbles.
Other than a couple of stray crosses it was everything you want from a left-back. pic.twitter.com/nNSJWbfNdn
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) January 21, 2020
Let's take a moment and appreciate bukayo saka pic.twitter.com/wzSGCGQJxn
— Gabi🇧🇷 (@gunnerforever78) January 21, 2020
A word for Bukayo Saka – not just for tonight, but for the last few weeks especially.
What he's done this season deserves credit, but his recent run at left-back merits even more. Lots to work on, but his technical level, intelligence, maturity has been so impressive.
— Scouted Football (@scoutedftbl) January 21, 2020
Bukayo Saka is going right to the top
— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) January 21, 2020
Just watched an 18 year old English lad play his heart out for Arsenal at left-back at Stamford Bridge. Two nights ago saw Kurzawa stink the place out for PSG against a Ligue 2 side. Are Arsenal serious?
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 21, 2020
I don't know how no one takes about Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka has been phenomenal. He's a very intelligent footballer.
— Manny! (@mannylaks) January 21, 2020
We need to appreciate Bukayo Saka More.. That dude is brilliant. He played that position like it was his primary position. Very resourceful and young boy. If I was Arteta. I will grow him in that position and leave him there.
— Ade (@Adebambo_A) January 22, 2020
Bukayo Saka reminds me a bit of Marcelo in style of play? He has a huge future no matter what position he ends up
— ag™️ (@TAGunner28) January 22, 2020
18-years old. Often played out of position at left back to cover for his injured teammates. Improving every single week. 7 assists for the season now. Bukayo Saka appreciation tweet. pic.twitter.com/QoQxZygexP
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) January 19, 2020