Arsenal have reacted after Bukayo Saka beat Harry Kana and Declan Rice to win the 2021-22 England Men’s Player of the Year award.
The 21-year-old of Nigerian descent has shown a superb display of his talent over the past year for his club and country after his stunning performances for Gareth Southgate’s side as they reached the final of Euro 2020.
Saka was confirmed the winner of the award on the Twitter handle of the England national teams on Friday after seeing off competition from Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
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Arsenal took their website and social media to to react after Saka becomes the first Gunner to receive the honour since the award’s inception 19 years ago.
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”Huge congratulations to Bukayo Saka who has been voted the 2021/22 England Men’s Player of the Year connected by EE!
“Our 21-year-old winger is the first Gunner to receive the honour since the award’s inception 19 years ago. He was chosen by fans as England’s star player of the past year and received the award at St. George’s Park ahead of England’s Nations League fixture against Italy this evening. Declan Rice and Harry Kane were voted second and third respectively.
“Bukayo now has 18 senior caps for the Three Lions and played nine times over the course of the international season, with three goals to his name. One of these goals and a man-of-the-match performance came on his birthday last September in a 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley.
“Bukayo was recently named as our Men’s Player of the Season for the second year in a row, alongside Beth Mead who received the award for our Women’s side. He is also on the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Kopa Trophy.”
Saka is preparing with England to face Italy at San Siro on Friday night before hosting Germany at Wembley next week Tuesday.