Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been praised for his latest performance in the Europa League on Thursday night.
THE LOWDOWN: MAN IN FORM
The 21-year-old has been good this season for the Gunners, but he has taken his game up a notch over the past two weeks. The winger scored twice against Liverpool last weekend to inspire his team to victory and started against Bodo/Glimt in Norway on Thursday.
Saka was lucky to get a goal midway through the match and it sealed the win as Arsenal made it three from three in Europe this season. It was the England international’s fourth goal of the campaign and the 21-year-old’s latest performance earned him praise from one Arsenal legend.
THE LATEST: KEOWN’S PRAISE FOR SAKA
Martin Keown has praised Saka as Arsenal continued their excellent form by beating Bodo/Glimt, claiming that the England star has been on another level this season.
The 21-year-old, who was replaced by Granit Xhaka early in the second half, continues to impress under Mikel Arteta this season.
Speaking at half-time, Keown singled out Saka for praise and said that he has been a ‘different class’ for the Gunners this season, telling BT Sport [via Football 365]: “It hasn’t been thrilling but it shows the reputation Arsenal are building.
“Sometimes you need to grind out wins and stand up to the opposition and play when you can play. When you get the ball to players like Bukayo Saka… he’s just different class at the moment this fella. He’s got the full-back on toast tonight.”
“It was a great run for the goal, obviously, he gets lucky but it’s brilliant how he gets into that area. He’s gone to another level.”
Following Arsenal’s 1-0 win, Keown added: “Saka’s top drawer. Tonight his class was the difference. He’s going through the gears in an Arsenal shirt now.”
“All in all I think Mikel Arteta will be happy with tonight. They managed to grind out the result and they did just enough to get the win.”
THE VERDICT: DIFFERENT CLASS INDEED
He will surely only get even better if he stays fit throughout the entirety of 2022/23. He has been Arsenal’s player of the year in the past two seasons and it’s looking like he’s not ready to relinquish that award this time around either.