Ian Wright praised Bukayo Saka for his “fantastic penalty” in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. as he told Premier League Productions (4/20/22 at 10:15 p.m.).
The Highbury legend added that Saka had shown great “calmness” at that moment because he was “under tremendous pressure” with England following events at Euro 2020.
It was Saka’s missed penalty that handed the European title to Italy and it was a moment that would have been very difficult for the youngster to handle.
England boss Gareth Southgate was in the same position at Euro 96 so he would have known how Saka was feeling at that moment.
But what followed that game, the racial abuse against players like Saka, was just one example of how social media allowed certain idiots to shut up behind a screen.
Nonetheless, last night’s game at the Bridge marked the first time since those Wembley troubles that Saka was facing a penalty as Wright praised him for showing character.
“Fantastic penalty,” Wright said. “If you talk about what he went through, with penalties and how to take them.
“With all that scuffle and what happened before that. He showed great composure and he took it. And that’s a great result for us.
“I was really happy for him because he was under a lot of pressure for that penalty and took it brilliantly.”
It was quite a momentous win for Mikel Arteta and his players as it puts them back on the front foot in the race for Champions League football.
After three worrying straight-set defeats, things were not exactly rosy in north London.
But players like Eddie Nketiah, Martin Odegaard, Saka and Granit Xhaka all competed against Chelsea.
Now it’s a matter of starting another run because they next face Manchester United in the Emirates.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/21/he-was-under-a-lot-of-pressure-ian-wright-lauds-actions-of-arsenal-regular-v-chelsea/ Ian Wright praises Arsenal regular’s actions against Chelsea