Former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has raved about Bukayo Saka after Arsenal dramatically secured a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Gunners trailed Benfica 2-1 with 25 minutes remaining and were going out of the competition on away goals.
Arsenal clicked into life though. Kieran Tierney grabbed an equaliser before Saka produced a delicious cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to nod home at the back post.
Earlier Diogo Goncalves had cancelled out Aubameyang’s opening goal with a stunning free-kick.
Saka’s two assists on the night caught the eye of Fabregas who took to Twitter after the game to praise the youngster.
Saka is such a good player. Such a maturity and intelligence for his age. Game changer.
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) February 25, 2021
Fabregas knows a thing or two about coming up trumps for Arsenal having played 304 times for the London-based club.
He scored 57 goals and claimed 92 assists during his time with the Gunners and during his time in North London he proved a fan favourite.
Fabregas also won the World Cup in 2010 and two league titles with Chelsea.
Clearly, he still keeps an eye on the club’s fortunes and he’ll be delighted to see the club progress into the next round.
TBR View: Arsenal must pull out the stops to keep Saka happy
Despite his undoubted brilliance, Saka is only on a contract worth £10,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium.
That sounds ridiculous and Arsenal should move to tie him down to a longer, more lucrative deal to stay at the club.
Arsenal forked out for Willian in the summer and whilst he sleepwalks into Arsenal obscurity, Saka is shining bright like a diamond for the club.
Saka has 10 goals and 18 assists in 73 appearances for the Gunners and is improving with each performance.
He was Mikel Arteta’s hero last night and Arsenal should hand him a deal to reflect his importance to the current team.