In Bukayo Saka, Arsenal have one of the best talents in the Premier League and one of the best to come out of the Hale End Academy in a long, long time.
The youngster is a little diamond and showed off his class with the role he played during the Gunners’ equaliser against Southampton yesterday. He managed to dazzle the Saints defenders with his quick feet, slipping and sliding past three players before moving the ball on to Eddie Nketiah, who in turn set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his cool finish.
However, even more impressive than his finish was his all-round performance. The England international, and it feels good to say that at the young age of 19, was all over the pitch as seen by his heatmap. He also proved to be busy at both ends of the pitch, completing the joint-most dribbles and the joint-third most interceptions.
A few of the senior players, namely Nicolas Pepe on the right flank, can take some serious lessons from the academy product, who balance in attack and defence was perfect. His intent to take on his opposing defender was exemplary and shows just how little he fears against strong opponents.
However, just how do the Gunners keep hold of such a prestigious young talent? If the north London outfit continues at their current trajectory then there will be no hope of retaining the Englishman. He proves such a brilliant talent that if Arsenal find themselves struggling to get Champions League football letting the youngster go could be a real possibility.
Being a big side’s best player at such a young age can normally be daunting. However, you feel Saka can carry the heavy burden on his tender shoulders. If he continues at this rate, there is sure to be interest in the player, but, Arteta’s team must do all they can to make sure the £36m-rated young gun stays in N5.
In other news, Arteta has asked the club to sign these two European midfielders.