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Martin Keown insists Arsenal give Bukayo Saka more minutes

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Martin Keown insists Arsenal give Bukayo Saka more minutes

Martin Keown was blown away by the display of Arsenal’s 18-year-old Bukayo Saka on Thursday night in the Europa League.

The Gunners fought back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 away to Belgian side Standard Liege in the Europa League group stages.

Caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg has helped the North London club top their Europa League group and they will now be seeded for the knockout rounds.

Arsenal started their comeback in the 78th minute, as Alexandre Lacazette powered in a header from an inch-perfect cross from Saka.

Saka then scored a goal with his weaker right foot after a brilliant exchange on the edge of the box to top a great night for him.

He’s a highly-rated talent to come out of the academy that is a skilful winger by trade, but he did a job slotting in as a left wing-back against Standard Liege.

With full-back Kieran Tierney suffering yet another injury blow, it will be interesting to see if the teenager is seen as a short-term solution at left-back.

 

Ex-Arsenal defender Keown insists that Saka needs to be playing more after the level of his performance in the Europa League.

“Saka one assist one goal and you saw the brilliance of some of those young Arsenal players,” Keown told BT Sport 2 (7:50pm, 12 December).

“That’s a quality ball into the box and the fellow hasn’t even started under Freddie Ljungberg, but he’s made a case now. He’s 18 years of age, he’s got to be given more minuets.”

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TBR’s View:

There were several Arsenal players that struggled out in Belgium on Thursday night, but Saka was shining bright for the visitors and looks a star in the making.

He showed a fearless style in possession and is great dribbling forward, while his end product helped save the Gunners.

The Englishman has now been directly involved in seven goals in just 13 first-team games this season and it would be no surprise to see him get more action moving forward.

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