'Thanks Gareth Southgate' - Arsenal fans agree after Bukayo Saka is left on England bench

By Matt C Jones

Poland snatched a late draw against England on Wednesday night in their FIFA World Cup qualifying clash.

Harry Kane put the Three Lions ahead in the second half with a long-range effort that beat former Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny. It looked set to be enough for the visitors to take three points, but in the 92nd minute Damian Symanski rose above Shaw to make it 1-1.

Despite the late concession, Gareth Southgate's team are still well in control of Group I, as they sit four points clear of nearest challengers Albania after the three games during the current break.

The England boss did make the peculiar decision to not make any substitutions during the game though, leaving a lot of Three Lions fans baffled.

Arsenal supporters were among those scratching their heads, especially given the England boss had Gunners tyro Bukayo Saka available to him on the bench.

After the final whistle, fans made their feelings known on social media over Southgate's reluctance to call on the 20-year-old.

@AFC_Adam7: Trent starts ahead of Walker and Saka starts ahead of Mount. Baffles me how Southgate doesn’t see that.

@KxvinAFC: This is why Saka needs to start more regularly.

@AFCWalter2: That's what Southgate gets for not subbing on Saka or anyone for that matter.

Plenty were pleased to see him not get any minutes though, with Arsenal's crucial upcoming clash with Norwich City in mind.

@Pramod_AFC: Thanks Gareth Southgate for resting Saka. The best England manager in a very long time.

@RAS_afc: Quite glad Saka didn't get risked in that game. Hopefully comes back to Arsenal injury free

@BenAFC: Absolutely delighted Saka has been fully rested.

Saka starred for England during the summer's European Championships, helping the team to the final of the competition with some vibrant performances, including the semi-final win over Denmark.

The youngster did miss the decisive penalty in the final shootout against Italy, although it appears certain he will be a foundational piece in Southgate's squad going forward.

After featuring and scoring for England against Andorra on Sunday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping Saka returns to his club in high spirits.

The Gunners will need him to be, as they've toiled to three defeats from their opening three Premier League matches, leaving the north London club rooted to the bottom of the standings.


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