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‘I’m proud of Nigeria’ – Arsenal new No 7, Saka hints at playing for Super Eagles

Bukayo Saka
photo credit: sky sports news

Arsenal new No 7 Bukayo Saka has admitted that he is proud of Nigeria and will be open to playing for the Super Eagles.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Saka revealed it will be a tough decision to choose between playing for Nigeria and England, which he says require careful consideration with his family.

“It’s a tough choice,” Saka revealed.

“I’m happy to have represented England at youth level but I’m also proud of my Nigerian heritage from my parents.

“We haven’t been picked by any team so it’s about staying humble and when the time comes we’ll make the decision.”

The winger was born in London to Nigerian parents and has represented England at youth levels.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and Coach Gernot Rohr are keeping close eyes on the teenage sensation, with recent reports that Saka might be given his first international call-up in September.

However, England coach Gareth Southgate is monitoring Saka, Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and Jude Bellingham who recently joined Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City.

The 18-year old says he and other young players deserves to be in any team because of their quality, irrespective of age.

“Greenwood and Bellingham have so much quality. Whether they are 18 or 28 or 38 they’ve got quality and when you’ve got quality you’re going to be in the team, providing you can apply the right attitude,” Saka said.

“I feel the age isn’t really a factor because they’ve got maturity and quality beyond their years. That’s why they’re being trusted I believe.”

Arsenal revealed Bukayo Saka will wear the No 7 shirt next season (Photo Credit: Facebook/Arsenal)
Arsenal revealed Bukayo Saka will wear the No 7 shirt next season (Photo Credit: Facebook/Arsenal)

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has put his trust in Saka who has scored in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League during his 38 appearances this season.

“Being young and at a big club if you are in the team over an experienced professional the manager is basically telling you without speaking that I believe in you.

“(He’s saying) go and do what you can do and that belief gives me so much confidence. Arteta is so detailed and clear and a lot of the players will tell you we are learning from him.

“I feel like we’re going in the right direction and we’re working hard to hit the ground running next season.”

The academy graduate will wear Arsenal’s No 7 shirt from next season, previously won by David Rocastle, Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

“I was so excited to get it. It’s stuff you dream of and to think of the legends who have had it is such an honour,” he said.

“I liked the number growing up because some of the best players in the world have worn it.

“It shows how much confidence they have in me and I want to repay their faith and hopefully can write my own history in that shirt.”

Arsenal will take on Watford at the Emirate Stadium tomorrow in the final game of the season before playing Chelsea in the FA final next weekend for a chance to play European football next season and win the trophy for the 14th time.

“The chance to win a trophy in my first full season is amazing. If you told me last year all of this would happen I wouldn’t have believed you!

“We have Watford to focus on first to try to build momentum. They are going to be fighting for their lives because they want to stay in the Premier League but we want to win.

“It would be a shame if we have to send them down but at Arsenal we have a winning mentality and want to win every game.”

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