‘Really like him’: Gilberto Silva praises Arsenal star as ‘player of the season’

Nathaniel KayFebruary 26, 2021

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Arsenal great Gilberto Silva took to his social media platforms last night to praise the performances of Bukayosaka, Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.



All three starred in the Gunners’ thrilling 3-2 win over Benfica in the Europa League.

For a while, it looked like Arsenal were going to be out of the game.

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After taking the lead through Aubameyang, Portugal scored around half-time to lead 3-2 on aggregate.

Mikel Arteta’s side were still behind on away goals despite Tierney’s equaliser in the 67th minute.

Arsenal were hot on their heels in their ‘home’ game in Piraeus, Greece due to Covid-19 restrictions, with Benfica threatening to seal the draw with a breakthrough goal.

Then, in the 87th minute, Saka sent a delightful cross to the far post and Aubameyang had to nod from three yards.

Silva, who was part of Arsenal’s historic 2003/04 “Invincible” squad, celebrated on Twitter.

He starts by adding to the goal contributions of Tierney and Aubameyang:

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His admiration turned to Saka, who provided excellent assists for Aubameyang’s two goals:

Saka is consistent, as he has been all season. He is now my player of the season 💪🏾 I talk about him on my podcast every week because I really like him. #COYG

– Gilberto Silva (@GilbertoSilva) February 25, 2021

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Few Arsenal supporters can dispute Silva’s claim that Saka has been one of their standouts this season.

The 19-year-old has matured in football well beyond his years.

Saka is often the figurehead of Arsenal’s attack, with teammates looking to find players through their passing.

Scoring 13 goals in 31 games was a fantastic reward for Saka, who doesn’t turn 20 until September.

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How long can they keep him?

Apart from the present, Arteta also wants Saka to be Arsenal’s future, although it may become increasingly difficult to keep his valuable asset.

Arsenal are just minutes away from surrendering their campaign last night. The Europa League is the Gunners’ last realistic chance of winning the Champions League next season.

Failure to do so could see football vultures surrounding talented stars like Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

Photo by Stewart McFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

According to the stand reportBayern Munich showed interest in Saka last summer.

Dortmund too, because mirror report.

Rumors from Germany started to circulate when Saka stalled when he signed a new contract at Arsenal.

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He ended up signing a long-term deal, but that doesn’t guarantee he’ll want to stay if his ambitions are higher than Arsenal’s achievements.

Arteta will want to build his team around Saka. He will do everything in his power to keep him.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist and a graduate of the University of Derby. He spent two years at Burton Albion as part of the media team. Nathaniel regularly contributes to the club’s official website and matchday programming. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and covered venues ranging from non-league to Premier League.

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