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Alan Shearer says Arsenal have a talent in their ranks who's 'going to be a big star'

Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has been praised by Premier League legend Alan Shearer, who said the Gunners ace is a “star in the making”.

Saka has been sensational since making his Arsenal first-team breakthrough last season, becoming one of the first names on Mikel Arteta’s teamsheet.

In his maiden first-team campaign, the 19-year-old clocked up 39 appearances in all competitions, weighing in with four goals and 11 assists.

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And this term, Saka has made 44 appearances so far, with seven goals and 10 assists under his belt.

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Shearer spoke highly of the Hale End graduate in The Athletic as he looked at who could make the England squad for this summer’s European Championships.

“This is where there’s real excitement, real anticipation, for England,” he said, speaking about the attacking players at Gareth Southgate’s disposal.

“The rest of the football world will already be talking about these players and I haven’t even mentioned Harry (Kane) yet, who will doubtless have the biggest teams chasing him this summer.

“Then there’s the outrageously gifted Grealish, who has been injured for the last three months, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.

“Against West Bromwich Albion, a game that Mikel Arteta really had to win, for his sake as well as the team’s, it stood out for me that the manager left out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Thomas Partey.

“Saka played and excelled. He’s going to be a big star and is already on the way.”

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Teammates, fans, pundits and peers are running out of superlatives for Saka, which is no surprise really.

At just 19 years old, he’s already one of Arsenal’s best players, and arguably one of the best young footballers in Europe too.

This makes you wonder just how much better he can become in the next few years.

And with his contract running until 2024, he’s got plenty of time to deliver more magic for the Gunners – and hopefully for England too.

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