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Why Bukayo Saka did not take Arsenal penalty vs Crystal Palace

FPL fans were annoyed at Martin Odegaard taking a penalty on Monday.


Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Monday thanks to a Martin Odegaard penalty, which Eddie Nketiah won.

Bukayo Saka was Arsenal’s penalty taker for the season so fans were surprised when Odegaard stepped up from 12 yards.

When asked if Odegaard is now the first-choice penalty taker, Mikel Arteta told reporters post-match: “I have no clue, it’s about leadership of players, and if they felt it was the right thing to do, for me I’m fine.

“They have to make those decisions on the pitch. I was surprised like everybody else, but he scored the goal which is the important thing and we won the game.”

Now, Odegaard himself has revealed why he took the penalty vs Crystal Palace:

“We have been taking in pre-season a lot and I’ve scored all of mine so I just asked him (Saka) and he gave it to me, so I have to thank him for that one,” the midfielder said.

It is a decision that has left many FPL fans unhappy and one which may lead to Saka being sold by many managers.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.


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