Nigerian youngster makes headlines in UEFA Europa League
Nigerian superstar Bukayo Saka made headlines in Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday, December 13.
The Gunners’ manager Unai Emery sang the winger’s praises after he was said to have displayed an impressive performance despite being the youngest player on the pitch.
''Today Saka also played with a good performance, with a very big personality and we were speaking at half-time,” Emery told the club’s official website.
The 17-year-old was allegedly a pain in the neck for the Qarabag defender with style of play which resulted in him being a target of harsh tackles as the match drew to a close.
Emery said the Azerbaijan side tried everything they had to bring the young player down but his strong personality was the star of the match and that’s what worked in their favour.
''They were trying… his personality is very important for us to continue trying to go 1v1 and break lines with his quality.
''He played with a very big personality and sometimes with a very good performance. It’s very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look at this player and see the quality to help us.''
Arsenal qualified for the last 32 as Group E winners and will find out their opponents for the round of 32 next Monday 17th December when the draw is held in Nyon, Switzerland.
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