Unai Emery has revealed what he thought of Bukayo Saka’s full debut on Thursday night (via Arsenal.com).
The Europa League group stages haven’t led to the most exciting football matches for Arsenal in the last couple of years.
One positive which has come from these matches is the emergence of Arsenal’s young players and in his post-match press conference, Unai Emery remarked on one of last night’s standouts.
“Every young player, we have the responsibility to give them chances, first to train with us and to be demanding with their performances,” Emery said when asked about 17-year-old Bukayo Saka who made his full debut on Thursday.
“We give them these chances in the games like today, when we can do that. They show us in every match positive things.
“Today Saka also played with a good performance, with a very big personality and we were speaking at half-time. His personality is very important for us to continue trying to go 1v1 and break lines with his quality.
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“He played with a very big personality and sometimes with a very good performance. It’s very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look at this player and see quality to help us.”
Bukayo Saka was one of the standout players from a match which was hardly a classic. The 1-0 victory over Qarabag FK wasn’t the most exciting game of the season but Saka’s performance was certainly a positive.