Bukayo Saka, an Arsenal teammate, is “one of,” according to Oleksandr Zinchenko, the finest player in the Premier League right now.
WHAT OCCURED? There are currently a lot of shining stars in the English top division, with players like Erling Haaland and Marcus Rashford shining for Manchester rivals City and United, respectively, in 2022–23. Saka, 21, has joined that esteemed group after assisting Arsenal in maintaining a championship challenge and posting personal-best totals of 13 goals and 10 assists this season. Saka also scored for England in a 2-0 victory against Ukraine in the Euro 2024 qualifying match.
When asked if Saka is the best player available right now, Zinchenko, who was on the losing end of that outcome at Wembley Stadium, said as follows to reporters: How about the Premier League? He is undoubtedly one of them, albeit I’m not the one to pass judgment. Because he is such a crucial player for Arsenal and there are still 10 finals left in the season, I hope he maintains this form.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Zinchenko acknowledged that friendships had been put on hold for 90 minutes as England defeated Ukraine in their most recent stride toward the next European Championships thanks in large part to Saka. He continued, “We all know what a great player he is. He is currently on fire, there are no friends on the field, and regrettably, he defeated me. Big players control the outcome of these games.
THEN WHAT? When Arsenal, who are eight points ahead of Leeds in the Premier League, return to domestic play on Saturday, Zinchenko and Saka will once again be club teammates.