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Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka is better than Ousmane Dembele

Arsenal icon Emmanuel Petit has said he would prefer Bukayo Saka to start for his team in attack than Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele.

The legendary Frenchman won the World Cup in 1998 alongside Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane and current Les Blues boss Didier Deschamps.

You’ve been talking about the 2022 World Cup before and you just made a big claim.

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Emmanuel Petit says he would rather have Arsenal star Bukayo Saka than Ousmane Dembele

France are the defending world champions and many feel they have a great chance to retain their title in Qatar.

The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Grieamann starred in Russia four years ago, while while Barcelona star Dembele was in the team, he didn’t make much of an impact.

However, the Frenchman has been in top form in Spain this season and a lot is expected of him. He could be a star for Les Blues in Qatar, but Petit says he would rather have Arsenal’s Saka by his side.

Asked by 90min France to choose one of the two, the Frenchman said: “I really like Bukayo Saka. I also really like Ousmane DembĂ©lĂ©. It is true that Bukayo Saka… In fact, I love the boy. He loves what he does on the field and I love his personality.

“Then, (I would prefer) (to have) Bukayo Saka.”

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Petit has upset many Arsenal fans with some of his views over the years, but this one will be welcomed with open arms by Gunners supporters.

Saka has been one of Arsenal’s best players for more than two years. He is a world-class talent, who has the quality and the potential to become one of the best players for years to come.

Dembélé is also a brilliant player, but injuries have been really cruel to him over the years. It seems that he has now put those problems behind him, which is excellent news for France.

It will be interesting to see how the two ends fare for their respective countries in Qatar. Saka’s campaign begins on Monday against Iran and he hopes to hit the ground running.

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