Pundit give his opinion on whether Saka meant to score

Bukayo Saka scored with an amazing chip against Chelsea in Arsenal’s last league game, but some people think he didn’t mean it.

The ball lofted over Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy and it looked like he wanted to cross the ball and it accidentally went in.

Saka took to Twitter after the game to claim that he saw the goalkeeper off his line and decided to go for it.

Despite his post, there are several people who still don’t believe that he meant to score the goal and Garth Crooks isn’t impressed by the naysayers.

He said that the Englishman absolutely knew what he was doing and the only people who would think otherwise are those who haven’t got the ability to execute something like that.

He told BBC Sport: “How anyone could even suggest that Saka didn’t mean to chip Edouard Mendy for Arsenal’s third against Chelsea, having seen the analysis, is a mystery to me.

“You see the lad look at the keeper before he attempts to execute the skill. The only people who could possibly suggest this magnificent goal was anything other than a fluke are those incapable of displaying such ability.”

The 19-year-old showed yet again why he is so important to Arsenal and the club will hope that he keeps on improving.

Tags Bukayo Saka Garth Crooks

10 Comments

  1. Herb of the Earth says:

    I had this discussion with a goalkeeper who also agreed with me that it was deliberate. He said he fears being chipped so he normally shout at his defenders to cover. Saka saw Mendy come out and he chipped it. And I jumped up off my seat to beg it to go in. BTW I do not even care if I am wrong that it was intended for the destination. I am proud he chipped Mendy. Take that to the bank!

  2. Ken says:

    Now that referees and haters are against arsenal ,arsenal are rediscovering how to do things differently.Go go go saka Go go xhaka we know we are better than them all

  3. ken1945 says:

    Anyone remember that Bergkamp goal against Newcastle?
    Dennis said it was deliberate, but the media and pundits wouldn’t have it – enter Saka and the same thing happens again!!!

    Just imagine how many times it would have been shown as a piece of masterclass if Son, Salah, Vardy or Grealish had scored like that.

    1. Phenom says:

      Can’t agree more Ken. They hate everything Arsenal. I have repeatedly watched the goal, Saka looked at Mendy before chipping.

    2. Sue says:

      You’re not wrong, Ken, especially if it had been Salah…

    3. jojo franks says:

      it was sublime………

  4. Sean Williams says:

    The lad said he meant it. Why disbelieve him? Saka meant it…he said so. It was pure quality. I’m sure if it was a miss hit he would say so. He is clearly an honest….and committed Arsenal player. The lad has great character and it was a great goal.

  5. jon fox says:

    There will be opinion on both sides of this question, though very few Gooners will not believe he meant it. I have NO doubt he meant it and the reason I know this is the WAY he told the TV journalist , albeit only in passing. It is a simple thing to decipher truth or lies if you can read body language and thoroughly understand tone of voice, as I do after long years in theatre.
    Irrespective of these reasons, it was also very obvious when you watch in slow mo reply where he was looking at the critical moment.
    Seans post, above this, has much merit and is an added reason!

  6. Davi says:

    If he meant it, I’ll look forward to seeing him do it again, if not, I don’t care, it happens. What matters is he played brilliantly and we deserved the win.

  7. Paul Le'Dain says:

    That was class from Bukayo you saw from at the speed he was running then when he hit the shot you just knew that it was going in.
    Okay it took your breath away but what a wonderful goal, and in general what a great display by the lads and one we badly needed!!!!!!!!⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽🥅🥅🥅🥅🥅🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏅🏅🏅🏅🥇🥇🥇🥇🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️🎗️♨️♨️♨️♨️♨️♨️🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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