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Is Bukayo Saka Of Arsenal The Best Winger In World Football Right Now?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka is having the best campaign of his young career as he has continued to prove his worth on the right side of Mikel Arteta‘s frontline. The England international has successfully managed to establish himself as one of the most consistent wide players in the Premier League over the past 12 months.

With another excellent performance for The Three Lions yesterday, the debate on whether Saka is the best winger in world football is already raging. We try and answer this question, based not only on yesterday but his performances throughout this season,

Saka’s Excellent Form For The Gunners This Season

Saka has been instrumental in Arsenal’s title run this season. His incredible contributions have helped the Gunners build an eight-point lead over second-placed, Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

The London-born talent has found the back of the net 13 times and picked up ten assists in 38 matches for the North London club during this campaign across all fronts.

The 21-year-old has been a positive influence at both ends of the right flank as he is averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.5 clearances, 2.5 shots, 2.2 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 81% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal ties his lace during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on March 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Is Saka The Best Winger In World Football Right Now?

Saka has caused a lot of problems for Premier League defenders this season due to his electric pace and excellent dribbling ability out in the wide areas. He has got the eye to unlock the opponent’s defence with some killer passes in the final third.

Furthermore, the 26-time England international can also shoot the ball with power and precision from all ranges. He has proven his worth as a decent finisher in front of the opponent’s goal as well this season.

Hence, it’s probably safe to consider Saka as the best winger in the Premier League at the moment. He has defied the odds and helped Arsenal mount a title charge in the English top flight which even the most optimistic of the club’s fans won’t have predicted at the start of this campaign.

However, one can definitely make a case against Saka when it comes to him being the best winger in world football right now as big-name and highly decorated players such as Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Junior and Lionel Messi are also playing some of the best football of their respective careers this season. Messi even won the 2022 FIFA World Cup with the Argentina national team in Qatar last year.

Even with so much competition in worth football, there is no denying that Saka is a world-class winger who could end Arsenal’s long wait for a Premier League title which would be a monumental achievement in his career.

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