Phil Foden lifts lid on Bukayo Saka rivalry with honest Arsenal forward admission


Manchester City star Phil Foden has heaped praise on Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka, hailing the Hale End academy graduate's consistency. Saka enjoyed a hugely successful 2022/23 campaign with the north Londoners, netting 14 goals and providing a further 11 assists in the Premier League.

His form certainly hasn't gone unnoticed either, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award, a trophy that Foden won the prior two seasons. The Gunners attacker has also been named England Player of the Year twice in a row, often keeping Foden out of Gareth Southgate's starting XI.

But the City playmaker doesn't hold any ill feelings to his compatriot, now commending the 22-year-old for constantly delivering on the international stage. When asked about the battle for places after The Three Lions beat Italy, Foden told the BBC: "Bukayo [Saka] is a quality player, every time he pulls on the England shirt he puts in a 7/10 at least every time.

"If I’m not starting I want to try and come on and change the game, I’m here to help the team as best as I can. It’s exciting because it shows we still have players to come back into the side and help us push forward.

"It just shows the depth in quality that the squad has." Both Foden and Saka could even be battling it out for the Premier League title this term.

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The Gunners currently sit two points ahead of their rivals, whom they defeated 1-0 earlier this month in a match that Foden started. Saka, however, missed the game due to an injury.

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