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Martin Keown hails Bukayo Saka, plus Arsenal teammate

Martin Keown praised Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Matteo Guendouzi for their performances on Monday night.

The Gunners recored a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United in the Premier League and it lifted them to fourth in the table.

Scott McTominay scored for the hosts at Old Trafford just before half-time, but in-form striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang responded with a brilliant chipped finish in the second-half.

Unai Emery’s side will take a point from a fairly even contest in Manchester and now turn attention to home games against Standard Liege and Bournemouth before the International break.

Ex-Arsenal defender Keown believes that 18-year-old attacker Saka was one of the bright sparks, as he assisted the Aubameyang goal and was a real threat out wide.

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He also give credit to midfield enforcer Guendouzi, who was full of energy in the centre of the park and did the ugly work.

“[Saka] caused Manchester United all sorts of problems, and it was his quick-thinking which saw Arsenal leave with a point. Arsenal look like they have unearthed a gem in Saka,” Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.

“Special mention also has to go to Matteo Guendouzi for his performance on Monday night. He was popping up everywhere.

“Whenever there was a problem, he was there, stamping it out. The 20-year-old midfielder put in a shift and a half here.”

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TBR’s View:

Saka looks like a brilliant talent to come out of the academy and he’s surely in line for plenty of starts with the senior team this season if he can continue in the same form.

The skilful teenager is a left-winger with pace and trickery that is direct in possession, while he showed against Manchester United he has the maturity to track back too and do the defensive side of his game.

He’s someone that is forcing his way into Emery’s plans and he made a real statement on Monday.

Meanwhile, France international Guendouzi is going from strength to strength and becoming undroppable from the starting XI.

He is only a 20-year-old that will keep getting better and he is becoming vital with his combative approach in the Arsenal midfield.

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