Bukayo Saka breaks six-year cycle for Arsenal & emulates Alexis Sanchez

Bukayo Saka has become the first Arsenal player since Alexis Sanchez in 2016-17 to reach double figures for goals and assists in a single campaign.

  • 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.

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.

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.

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  • 32%Bukayo Saka
  • 32%Martin Odegaard
  • 4%William Saliba
  • 4%Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • 29%Thomas Partey

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