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Bukayo Saka showed he's got elite levels of composure by slotting home a penalty against Manchester United on Saturday, even after Scott McTominay tried to put him off.
Saka scored his second penalty in a few days on Saturday, when he scored against United, after Alex Telles had fouled the English forward in the box.
The 20-year-old had scored from the 12 yard spot just days before, as the Gunners earned a surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Those two goals suggested that there was no hangover for Saka from his penalty miss in the final of Euro 2020 last summer, and there was further proof of his mental strength before his goal against United.
Previously unseen footage ahead of the spot kick showed McTominay trying to play mind games with his opponent by knocking the ball out of his hands before taking it, but it obviously didn't work at all.
I really wish Saka done a knee slide right in front of Mctominay after scoring his pen pic.twitter.com/vs3nctvLX4— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) April 26, 2022
Saka doesn’t even look at him. Knows he’s going to kill him and their team by burying it. And he did.— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage) April 26, 2022
Cool that he does not react at all but just picks the ball up and carries it on the other side like nothing happened— Dikshanta (@dikshanta49) April 26, 2022
The fact he didn't is what makes Saka elite and a player with a good mentality— P™ (@SemperFiArsenal) April 26, 2022
What a response though. Such maturity to not respond at all. 👏👏👏— Sparks1886 (@sparks1886) April 26, 2022
He was trying to get into his head. Saka didn't even look at him! Loved it! 😁— ChakhMugh (@Esfandi6) April 26, 2022
The fact he didn’t react before or after the pen shows how strong his mentality is. He won’t be psyched out, simple as that.— George Burn🌹🐝 (@georgermburn) April 26, 2022
Love that Saka doesn’t even look round at McTominay. Just ignores him and then fires it into the net. Elite mentality. https://t.co/9p0uo2uQkD— ACV (@ACruzVidal) April 26, 2022
The fact that he was smiling when he picked up the ball. He’s already having “that arrogance”. Love it https://t.co/15XjiLRnce— Tomiwa (@Tyanfe) April 26, 2022
McTominay, who was honest in his assessment of the team after the loss, was only just coming back from three games out with an injury to start against Mikel Arteta's team, and things really didn't go well for him and his teammates.
Comical defending allowed Nuno Tavares to score after just three minutes, and it looked like Eddie Nketiah had doubled the lead just past the half hour mark.
That goal was ruled out for offside but VAR then picked up on the foul by Telles on Saka, which led to the forward scoring his penalty.
Cristiano Ronaldo's goal two minutes later got United back in the game and when Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take a penalty in the second half it looked like the game would be level.
The Portugal forward missed his effort, leading to questions of why Ronaldo wasn't taking it, and Granit Xhaka then ended the game as a competition with his effort from outside the box.