19 Sep Arsenal news: ‘Saka already looks better than Pepe!’ – Martin Keown dismissed by impressive adolescent
The 18-year old became the club’s youngest player to score in Europe for more than a decade since he motivated them into a comfortable success in Germany
Arsenal adolescent Bukayo Saka appears to already be a larger danger than club album signing Nicolas Pepe, based on Gunners stalwart Martin Keown after the young winger’s person of this match-winning functionality in the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 18-year old played a starring role since Unai Emery’s side got their European campaign off to a successful beginning with a 3-0 defeat of the Bundesliga outfit in Germany, scoring his first senior goal in the latter phases.
The North London outfit, who had been defeated finalists from Chelsea in last year’s contest, downing a clutch of kids along with many more experienced faces in Commerzbank-Arena.
Saka, alongside Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe, composed a trio of scholars in the club Hale End academy and three impressed, together with the former linking his team-partner on the scoresheet too.
Discussing on BT Sport, former Arsenal good Keown has been effusive in his praise for his former side’s younger abilities, going so far as to state Saka’s performance defeat anything revealed by Pepe this year.
The Ivory Coast international came in the Emirates Stadium before the new campaign filled with promise but has failed to get the net up to now this year, with just a single assist for his title also.
“They toil away, trying to find young players they’ve discovered one in Saka,” Keown said.
“You consider this manner Pepe is playing in the moment, they compensated 72m ($90m) for him and this child looked better than him tonight.
“If Saka gets the ball, he reveals composure, he is passing it in the goal, it is a gorgeous finish. To believe he is 18 years old.
“Incidentally, [Joe] Willock too, he has his reward, this was a breakthrough moment for him. He got a little bit lucky, but that is all 100percent the academy, that goal for Arsenal.
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“I feel that is the exuberance of youthful players. I believe that really is a breakthrough moment for Willock.
“He is a bit hurried, lacks just a bit of composure, but I really like his energy and that he also gets his reward to put Arsenal ahead.”
Saka made history with his target also, becoming the youngest player to score in European competition for the team because Aaron Ramsey withdrew against Fenerbahce within a decade back in October 2008 in the time of age 17.