How Thierry Henry Rallied Bukayo Saka After Euro 2020 Penalty Miss

How Thierry Henry Rallied Bukayo Saka After Euro 2020 Penalty Miss

  • Bukayo Saka has revealed he had conversations with Thierry Henry after his Euro 2020 miss
  • Saka said Henry supported him through a tough period after he was abused for a missed kick
  • Since missing that penalty, Saka has become one of the Premier League's best young players

England and Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has revealed how Gunners icon Thierry Henry helped him, following the horrible penalty miss against Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Saka and England suffered heartbreak after they lost on penalties to the Azzurri, with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also missing penalties. After the defeat, they were subjected to racist abuse online.

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Bukayo Saka says Thierry Henry helped him through a tough period after his missed penalty for England in the Euro 2020 final. Photos by GES-Sportfoto and Marc Atkins.
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The Gunners youngster has rallied back from that fateful night at Wembley to become one of Arsenal's best players. He's been influential for Mikel Arteta's side this season, helping them to their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

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This season, he has five goals and six assists in the league. Furthermore, he has already shown he can take spot kicks, despite missing against Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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He has scored penalties against Edouard Mendy, David De Gea and Alisson since Euro 2020, according to Football.London.

Henry's advice to Saka

According to the Telegraph, Henry and Saka have been in touch since the miss, and the Gunners legend has been mentoring the young winger. He offered support to the 21-year-old who suffered racist abuse.

“Thierry was in touch. It meant everything. He’s shown a lot of his character to get my number and to reach out to me. It’s not just from that moment. After most Arsenal games, he reaches out to me, and he’s still so passionate about the club and he’s an amazing person.”

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Saka has scored three goals in Qatar, which is his second international tournament.

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Bukayo Saka has scored three goals at the 2022 World Cup. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen.
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Henry's France meet with England this Saturday, December 10, in what promises to be a mouth-watering 2022 World Cup quarter-final encounter.

The Three Lions' form against Les Bleus is not good in recent years. They've won just one of the past eight meetings, including a defeat at Euro 2004 and a draw at Euro 2012, according to Squawka.

Saka on Mbappe comaprisons

Sports Brief earlier reported on Saka rubbishing Kylian Mbappe comparisons, ahead of England's monumental showdown with France in the quarter-final in Qatar.

Saka recognised the comparison as a compliment, but politely dispelled it in an interview, saying each player is unique.

Mbappe is currently the top scorer at the World Cup and is on pace to win the Golden Boot. Many fans and pundits have already declared that he's the best player in the world.

Source: Sports Brief News