‘He’s blessed with glorious purpose’: Ian Wright wowed by Arsenal player’s World Cup display

Ian Wright has stated that Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka is ‘blessed with a glorious purpose’ after England’s thumping 6-2 win over Iran to open their Group B World Cup account in Qatar in fine style.

Arsenal’s star boy netted a brace in the searing heat of Doha as he produced a sizzling display to mark his World Cup debut in fine style.

The 21-year-old has been shining bright on the Premier League stage this season and he’s a big reason behind his boyhood sitting top of the tree in England’s top-flight.

Well, he transcended that domestic form onto football’s biggest stage as he scored two outstanding goals against a helpless Iran side that had no answer to the attacking might of England.

Highbury legend Ian Wright was over the moon by Saka’s performance in the desert and why he is such a special talent, as he told ITV Sport.

“Saka’s second goal, I know I have been going on about Saka,” said Wright. “But it’s just brilliant to see because of how tough it is.

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“It was brilliant from Raheem (Sterling’s assist). It’s the composure. It’s the calmness. He’s blessed with a glorious purpose. To see him doing this.

“I didn’t think he was going to start. I thought they were going to start with Foden, but they started with him and he’s showing what he can do. We all know what he can do.”


From the elegant and technically sound Saka to the brute midfield power of Jude Bellingham. It was a day for England’s young guns to shine in Qatar.

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There was always that doubt at the start as to how the Three Lions might perform, especially given the recent performances that saw them suffer relegation from the UEFA Nations League.

But this was England stamping their authority and that with the likes of Phil Foden, James Maddison, Jack Grealish, Callum Wilson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford not even starting.

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