Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka after the teenage talent was handed a start for the Gunners against Manchester United on Monday night – and laid on an assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Born in September 2001, Saka became the youngest player to start in an Arsenal-Manchester United Premier League fixture since the competition began – at just 18 years and 25 days old. He lasted 79 minutes, being replaced by Joe Willock.
The Gunners drew 1-1 with United on the night, as Scott McTominay blasted an effort from the edge of the area into the top corner, leaving Bernd Leno with no chance. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised, after a check by VAR.
But for Saka, it was another big step in the right direction as he continues to break into the Arsenal first team, which was his eighth career appearance for the Gunners. Arsenal legend Fabregas applauded the youngster, even before his assist.
Saka is a player. 18 years old showing great maturity 👏🏻
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 30, 2019
TBR’s view – Was Emery right to start Saka for Arsenal?
Against Manchester United, a fixture with such rivalry and history, the decision to start Saka was a strange one. Saka did well, and his assist for Aubameyang’s goal means Unai Emery’s wildcard inclusion of Saka was the right one.
There were glimpses of quality – more than just the assist. Breaking forward before being brought down by Jesse Lingard, and his left-footed effort that was well-saved by David De Gea in the first half.
Fabregas is right, Saka is an excellent talent and can go all the way, if developed right.