Mesut Ozil has expressed his respect for former Arsenal team-mate Bukayo Saka. Former Gunners playmaker says “not many players would dare” to take a penalty in a major international final. The 19-year-old missed from the spot in England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy at Wembley Stadium. Mesut said ‘Bukayo is a great talent and I think he can be one of the best in the world’

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he felt very much for Bukayo Saka after missing a penalty in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Ghana. The former Arsenal star believes Saka has a

“GREAT FUTURE AHEAD OF HIM AND CAN BECOME A GREAT PLAYER”

Ozil’s former team-mate Yaya Toumani Diarra said:

“BUKAYO IS BLESSED WITH A TALENT THAT NOT MANY HAVE”

“HE’S REALLY A GREAT TALENT, AND I’M SURE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE MANY MORE BIG MATCHES FOR THE ENGLISH NATIONAL TEAM FOR HIM IN THE FUTURE.”

WILL ABUSE END?

Mesut Ozil, Saka, and Jadon Sancho have vowed not to let hate win against Italy. Germany midfielder Ozil says there will always be a “small part of our community that racially insults and threatens players” The trio were all subjected to racist abuse by online trolls during England’s – defeat by Italy in the Euro qualifier.

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