Arsenal star Bukayo Saka may sadly always be remembered for his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 Final defeat to Italy. The winger had overcome adversity by taking on the responsibility of being his club’s designated taker and was faultless up until the weekend.
The miss against West Ham at the London Stadium won’t be replayed as much as his effort at Wembley two years ago. But that will be no consolation to Saka, who will know his strike which went way wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s goal could be a key moment in the title race.
Saka has shown an unbelievable mentality to not only bounce back with his performances on the pitch for club and country but also to decide he wants to be the penalty taker at Arsenal. He had scored all four penalties up until the weekend and showed he could deal with the pressure.
His successful strikes came at key moments of big matches against Chelsea and Manchester United last season, and versus Liverpool and Manchester City this term. But if Saka decides against taking the next spot-kick Arsenal get, who could Mikel Arteta turn to?
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Jesus would likely be the first-choice penalty taker after Saka. The Brazilian hasn’t got a good record from the spot, missing more than he has scored in his career.
But he has netted his only effort for the Gunners so far in a 4-1 win over Leeds earlier this month. Jesus always wants to take a penalty and sometimes that’s half the battle.
Odegaard is yet to take a penalty during a match in his professional career. He took his effort with aplomb in the shootout loss to Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League.
The Norwegian would want to lead from the front if the opportunity arose. He has the technique and composure to be a penalty taker.
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If he were a regular starter, Jorginho would be next in line to Saka. He may even have a case of being the first choice even if Saka wanted to take it.
The Italian has taken 48 career penalties, scoring 41 of them, including 27 out of 31 for former club Chelsea. But Jorginho hasn’t started a league game since March 1 so there is a good chance he won’t be on the pitch if Arsenal get one.
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