Arsenal attacker Bukayo Saka has been an influential player for his club and country in the last few months and he has now been further recognised by being included in this year’s Football Black List.
The attacker has been influential for the Gunners over the last few seasons and starred for England at Euro 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Gunners report on their website that he has been named on the Black List because of his off-field contributions towards inclusion.
It is a recognition given to black players who are influential in British football and the attacker was recognised alongside Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, Andre Gray of Aris and Jamaica and Charlotte Lynch, who plays for Leyton Orient Women.
Just Arsenal Opinion
Saka has been a great role model in British football and deserves this recognition for what he has done on and off the pitch.
The attacker is still just 21, which means more awards and recognition will come his way in the future.
For now, we need him to stay focused on delivering top performances for us on the pitch as we look to end this season with the Premier League title.
Saka is surrounded by quality players as teammates and we believe they will continue to do well.
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Are there lists for other colours too?
If not, why not?
Yes I was wondering too …..
I can just imagine the uproar if there was for white players.
Wow , what a catchy headline.
Was wondering what kind of trouble Saka could have found his self in to be blacklisted.
This is sensationalism at its best.
What if they called it white list?
Racism at highest levels, this is one of reasons to show that there is no will to eradicate Racism between white and black colours.
Some people just want everything to be called racist and you need to stop it.
“Football Black List – an initiative shining a light on the most influential Black people in British football.”
How on Earth is that racist?????
NOT RACIST, BUT DEEPLY UNHELPFUL TO INCLUSIVITY PAT!
Why is there considered a need to highlight differences , except in playing ability, age andvuselfulness to our team, at all?
It is promoting differences and not promoting inclusivity.
Surely a man of your worldly life experience can see that!!??
I urge you to really use your undoubted intellect to debate that with yourself and then reconsider your current muddled view.
Yoiu are aware, as am I, THAT THERE ARE FOOLS ON HERE WHO WILL ACCUSE YOU OF RACISM, EVEN THOUGH THAT IS NONSENSE.
Why give such fools ammunition , even though it is foolish ammunitiion?
So what would be said if there was a White Football List ? That would rightly called racist.
There’s only one race, and that’s the HUMAN RACE !!
I find it a little bit racist too. Singling out black players for special praise instead of just calling him one of the most influential footballers full stop
It’s not racist it’s just stupid. I’ve never even thought of Saka as a black player, just an Arsenal player.
Society and media is so intent on highlighting colour before achievement it’s just counter productive. They thrive on highlighting differences which is what they claim to be trying to eradicate, ironic.
PJ-SA Yours is one of the wisest posts I have ever had the pleasure to read and endorse, on JA.
TO HIGHLIGHT SOMETHING PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO SAY DOES NOT MATTER(WHICH IS TRUE), IS THE ACTION OF AN UNTHINKING FOOL.
Let the so called white be deceiving themselves as if we don’t know what is happening. If Saka is white in colour the whole world we not rest by now.
Wtf are you on about ? If you knew anything about The Arsenal then you would know that colour of a persons skin means nothing to us ! Everyone, player or fan, is equal !!!
Just a thought; SAKA is about five feet eight. How long before we get a list of the best five feet eight players!!
I detest wokism as backward and unthinking but equally i see no need nor any benefit to anyone by highlighting perceived diffefrences in colour. ALL THAT MATTERS IS CAN A PLAYER PLAY WELL OR NOT!
Afte all, to extend this highlighting of skin shade to its lggical extent, why not ALSO LIST those who are left handed, like dogs, cats or don’t like dogs cats, who play chess, like house music, have all grandparents still alive, live in a house with an odd number, like blinds and not curtains, weigh say twelve stone and, in fact an endless stream of irrelevant external packages that ALL WE HUMANS WEAR in front of of the watching world but which does not define us as people.
ALL THAT MATTERS, I REPEAT, IS WHETHER OR NOT A PLAYER PLAYS WELL ENOUGH AND IS HE A TEAM PLAYER OR NOT.
ESSENTIALLY , WHO CARES AND WHY DO SOME FIND IT WORTHY OF COMMENT ? I DO NOT!