Sergio Busquets

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka believes Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is the most difficult player he has ever faced.

The 20-year-old is yet to play in the Champions League for Arsenal, but has faced illustrious opponents in the Premier League and for England.

Arsenal and Barcelona squared off in a pre-season friendly in July 2019, and Saka told how he was left in awe of the Spaniard’s brilliance during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat in the Joan Gamper Trophy.

Speaking to GQ Magazine, Saka said: “Sergio Busquets, the way he just so elegantly turned me! [in a pre-season friendly in August 2019] I came at him to press him, I tried to fake this side then go to the other, and the way he just embarrassed me. I was just like, yeah, this guy is elite.”

Saka – who is featured on the cover of the newest GQ Magazine – has nine goals and five assists in 30 games for Arsenal this season but has been unable to prevent the Gunners from losing consecutive matches against Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion since the international break.

Arsenal are reported to have made re-signing the England international a priority, since his current deal at the Emirates expires in 2024.

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