Saka dreaming of Arsenal trophies after London Football Awards success


ukayo Saka is targeting trophies with Arsenal after winning the first major individual award of his career.

Saka won the London Young Player of the Year at Tuesday night’s London Football Awards, which were hosted virtually.

The award is recognition for Saka’s brilliant season with Arsenal, which has seen him make his England debut during the current campaign too.

The 19-year-old was thrilled to win the award – particularly as he pipped a shortlist that included his Arsenal team-mate Emile Smith Rowe, Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Recce James, as well as West Ham’s Declan Rice.

Saka has won man of the match awards and player of the month accolades, but the London Young Player of the Year is his first major individual prize – and now the winger is hungry to add team trophies to his collection .

“I think if you ask most players they will say [they want] team trophies rather than individual trophies,” he said. 

“I think I would rather win the World Cup than win player of the tournament of the World Cup, or with the Champions League and stuff like this. I would definitely say that I aspire to win a lot of team trophies in my career.

“It (winning London Young Player of the Year ) hasn’t sunk in. I think it is good that it hasn’t sunk in as I don’t want any of this to go to my head. 

Arsenal Football Club / David Price

“We (Arsenal) have still got a big opportunity to win some big silverware this season, so I am focused on that right now. 

“It is really nice to have this award, because you work hard all season and you give your all for the team, coach, club and fans. 

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