Bukayo Saka came off the bench as Arsenal lost to Real Madrid beat on penalties in Tuesday’s all-action clash in the International Champions Cup.
The youngster replaced Mesut Ozil while James Olayinka was benched for the full match duration.
The two teams, who both had players sent off in the pre-season affair, could not be separated at the end of 90 minutes, with a 2-2 draw ultimately bringing a penalty shootout.
Crystal Palace are interested in the possibility of having Nigeria-eligible winger Bukayo Saka coming over on loan.
Saka’s performances for Arsenal especially in last season’s UEFA Europa League have always drawn the attention of some European clubs.
Olayinka’s overall display in the pre season has been nothing short of brilliance as he had showed his readiness for more first-team duties if given the opportunity.
As much as he has high hopes of breaking into Unai Emery’s team in 2019-20 season, leaving the Emirates Stadium on loan this summer will be more beneficial to him.
The young Nigeria-eligible midfielder could struggle for game time considering the quality of players ahead of him in the Gunners pecking order of midfielders.
It is important he finds a club where his potential will be put to test in a very competitive atmosphere.
Having featured in 13 Premier League 2 matches in his career, it won’t be out of place to admit he is ripe for regular first team games.
The highly-rated Olayinka won’t lack suitors if Arsenal decide to place him on the list of players whom they want to loan out of the Emirates Stadium.