Bukayo Saka was overcome with emotion as he received a flurry of messages of support as he returned to Arsenal’s training ground for the first time since Euro 2020.
The 19-year-old striker shone for the Three Lions, although Gareth Southgate’s men were ultimately denied glory in the most heartbreaking way to Italy on penalties.
Saka, along with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, subsequently suffered racist abuse online after missing shots on goal in the tense final at Wembley.
Since then, Saka, along with the aforementioned pair, have received universal support from the football fraternity.
Arsenal have received thousands of messages of support for Saka and the north London club have filled a wall in their indoor training ground at London Colney with a mural to surprise their young star.
Saka was naturally moved by the gesture and said in a clip posted to the club’s Twitter account: “I am speechless.
“How can I even say thank you for all of this?” Can I pick it up and take it home? “
Saka, like the rest of his Arsenal team-mates, will have an eye on his Premier League debut against newly promoted Brentford one week on Friday.
Before that, the forward could take part in Sunday’s pre-season friendly against north London rivals Tottenham.
💬 “How do you say thank you for all this?”
Just look at the incredible love and support from our fans for @ BukayoSaka87
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– Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 4, 2021