“SAKA IS ANGRY WITH ME” LJUNGBERG EXPLAINS

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Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg acknowledged that the England Nigerian winger, Bukayo Saka was angry with him before the kick off.

Saka, who was a good performer on pitch, scored a goal and created an assist against the opposition team, Standard Liege.

“He was not happy with me after being deployed to play as a left wing back in a 3-4-3 formation, a role he has played for England youth teams in the past but the first time he was asked to do so at club level” the coach said.

Playing as a wing-back, Saka registered a game-high five shots, made a game-high four key passes, made two tackles and one interception, according to OPTA stats.

With an eye on the upcoming Premier League meeting with Manchester City and the squad ravaged by injuries to several first-teamers, Ljungberg opted to name six teenagers in his matchday squad – Saka, James Olayinka, Gabriel Martinelli, Tyreece John-Jules, Zech Medley and Emile Smith-Rowe.

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