Whether you love or hate Mikel Arteta, any Arsenal fan must be grateful for the emergence of Bukayo Saka under his tenure.
The Gunners have endured a tough time in recent seasons, recording back-to-back eighth-place finishes but the England international has been one massive and consistent bright spark.
His rapid rise from Hale End into the first-team set-up at the Emirates Stadium has since seen him earn a regular spot in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad and subsequently, his valuation has soared tenfold.
According to Transfermarkt, the versatile winger is currently worth around £58.5m, which is extraordinary considering he was valued at just £6.3m only two years ago.
That’s a whopping increase of 828.5% and is a testament to his impressive form on both the domestic and international stage.
Since October last year, the 20-year-old gem has gone on to receive 11 caps for England, including four from their run to the final at Euro 2020, so it’s no wonder that his value has skyrocketed in such a short space of time.
His performances over the past year or so have earned many a glowing endorsement, too.
Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas once hailed Saka as a “game-changer” with “such a maturity and intelligence for his age,” whilst BT Sport pundit and former nemesis Rio Ferdinand has previously described the youngster as “tremendous to watch,” via the Metro.
The Gunners’ recent struggles have opened up the prospect of him one day moving on from north London, with Fabrizio Romano revealing just this week that unnamed teams are lining up a move for him ahead of 2022.
“Some clubs are starting to approach Bukayo Saka, Arsenal consider him untouchable,” he revealed to his ‘Here We Go’ podcast. “They are planning to build on players like Saka also for the next years.”
On the above evidence, it’s fair to suggest that Arsenal have struck gold with Saka and his career trajectory is only going to go up considering his age and potential.
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