Bukayo Saka revealed his gratitude for the regular support he receives from Arsenal “legends” Thierry Henry and Robert Pires.
The England winger has netted three goals in three games at the 2022 World Cup and is set to line up against France in a mouthwatering quarter-final on Saturday.
Henry and Pires lifted the trophy with Les Bleus 24 years ago, before going on to win two Premier League titles with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004 – forming part of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went through the entire campaign unbeaten in the latter.
Academy graduate Saka, who has been with the club since the age of seven, is benefitting from their wise words and guidance.
“We have so many French players, like Thierry and Robert Pires, that have been around the club and spoken to me and helped me,” he said. “They still both support me to this day, so I’m grateful to them.
“Of course, on the pitch, they were magnificent, and they delivered silverware for Arsenal, so they’ll definitely be legends – always.”
— Bukayo Saka (@BukayoSaka87) December 4, 2022
Henry made contact with Saka following his missed penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy, a gesture that was greatly received by the 21-year-old.
“It showed a lot of character from him to get my number and reach out to me,” he added. “After most Arsenal games, he reaches out to me. He’s still so passionate about the club; he’s an amazing person.”
But despite his lengthy association with Arsenal, Saka is yet to speak with another key Frenchman in the Gunners’ recent history, legendary former boss Arsene Wenger.
“One of my biggest regrets – things I haven’t been able to do – was to meet Arsene Wenger,” he revealed. “I know how much everyone at the club loves him, and I know what he did for the club.”