In an exclusive interview with Football.London, former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has heaped the praise on man of the moment, Bukayo Saka.
The Gunners youngster has become integral in recent months for the Gunners, becoming one of the most influential players in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
His performances in recent weeks, especially, have caught the eye as Arsenal have finally found some form and began to emerge from their lowly Premier League position.
And Emery, who gave Saka his first starts in a Gunners shirt, says the England man has all the qualities to be successful.
“I remember when Bukayo played the first match with us in January. We won against Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates, he played for the first time with us at 17 years-old for 10 minutes. He didn’t touch one ball in ten minutes! He ran, ran, ran but didn’t kick one ball – it was amazing,” Emery said.
“When he started playing regularly you could look at him and see he’s a very good player. He’s progressing as a very important player and he is a very humble person. It’s very important because some other players don’t have the same humble qualities as him to always want to learn, listen and follow us.”
Saka has three goals to his name this season but is expected to keep adding to that as the campaign progresses. He’ll also have his eye on an England spot, given the Euros are expected to go ahead this summer.
TBR View: Saka superb, no surprise he impressed Emery
It’s little surprise to see Unai Emery singing the praises of Saka. He’s been nothing short of sensational in recent weeks and looks every bit a world-class potential player.
Saka will only keep on getting better, too. And under Mikel Arteta, he’ll continue to get the right sort of chances to develop both on and off the field. Arsenal really do have a gem on their hands here.