Arsenal have sent a supportive message to Bukayo Saka following his penalty miss in England’s final defeat to Italy on Sunday.
Saka missed the decisive spot kick as the Three Lions failed to bring football home against the Azzurri in front of an almost full crowd at Wembley.
The 19-year-old, along with Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, all missed from 12 yards for Gareth Southgate ‘s team in the English capital after the game finished 1-1 after extra time.
Saka, who was brilliant for the Gunners throughout the 2020/21 campaign, was brave enough to take the decisive penalty, but he couldn’t find a way past the imperious Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Now, Arsenal have sent the England international a message to try and lift his spirits following the heartbreak at Wembley.
The north London club took to Twitter to say: “Football can be so cruel. But for your personality. For your character. For your bravery…
“We’ll always be proud of you. And we can’t wait to have you back with us, @BukayoSaka87 (love heart emoji).”
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn replied to the tweet from Arsenal and said: “Brilliant from Arsenal! Well done Saka, fantastic player!”
Rio Ferdinand also offered his support to Saka, Sancho and Rashford, with the former Manchester United defender taking to social media.
Ferdinand said: “All the boys who put themselves forward to take a pen we are proud of you.
“Takes a form of bravery to step up in such pressurised situations. @BukayoSaka87 @Sanchooo10 @MarcusRashford we salute you boys.”
Saka played his first international tournament and impressed for his country as they reached their first final in 55 years.
The Arsenal star featured four times in the tournament, registering the one assist – in England’s 2-1 semi-final victory over Denmark last week.
Source by Football London