Bukayo Saka breaks six-year cycle for Arsenal & emulates Alexis Sanchez by reaching 10 goals & assists
- Home-grown star shining for Gunners
- Caught the eye again versus Palace
- End product has matched Chilean forward
WHAT HAPPENED? The Gunners forward, who has been in sparkling form this season, reached that notable milestone during a Premier League outing against Crystal Palace. Having been a reliable source of end product for Mikel Arteta’s side across their bid for a domestic title, the 21-year-old doubled Arsenal’s lead against Palace when he beat the offside trap and slid a composed finish into the bottom corner – having already provided the cross from which Gabriel Martinelli broke the deadlock at Emirates Stadium.
10 - Bukayo Saka (10G 10A) is the first Arsenal player in double figures for both goals & assists in a Premier League season since Alexis Sánchez in 2016-17; indeed, he is the only player to have done so in the competition this season. Production. pic.twitter.com/eUj6JSej2b— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 19, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Saka has been a talismanic presence for Arsenal throughout the 2022-23 campaign, but saw a four-match run without a goal brought to a close against Palace.
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WHAT NEXT? With the Gunners dominating for long periods against the Eagles - with Granit Xhaka adding a third for them early in the second half before Saka netted his second of the game - Arteta’s side are looking to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table to eight points.