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Europa: Accolades galore as Saka shows class in Gunners victory

Saka shows class in Arsenal versus Benfica Tuesday


Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was impressed with Saka’s showing and tweeted words of support.

He explained: “Saka is such a good player. Such a maturity and intelligence for his age. Game changer.”

Arteta discussed Saka prior to the game and said: “His form in recent months shows that he’s a very important player for us.

“I think he’s getting better and better, his performance levels have been really consistent, so that makes him for sure one of the most important players in recent months.

“It is very unusual but he’s been doing a lot of unusual things.

“He’s dealing with things at his age in a very unusual way, but that’s why he’s showing what he’s showing, because his maturity is above his age and so is his intelligence as well.

Saka played a vital part in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Benfica and his individual highlights are a joy to watch.

Saka has become one of the Gunners’ most trusted players this season and he was up for it on Thursday evening, grabbing two assists.

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The 19-year-old’s first assist was a lovely through ball which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took with ease. Arsenal then found themselves 2-1 down before Kieran Tierney’s equaliser.

Mikel Arteta’s side were still heading out of the competition 3-3 on aggregate however, thanks to away goals.

But Saka swung in a delightful cross for Aubameyang in the 87th minute, who headed home to snatch victory 3-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.It wasn’t just assists that make Saka stand out however.


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