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Arsenal coach Emery impressed with Nigerian star Bukayo Saka

Arsenal coach, Unai Emery, hailed 17-year-old Nigerian-born youngster, Bukayo Saka, for playing “with a very big personality” on his full debut for the Gunners in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League.

Saka made his first start for the Gunners on the left wing showed plenty of confidence as he tested goalkeeper Vagner with an early strike from the edge of the box and tried to take on defenders with an exciting blend of pace and skill.

He probably should have capped his performance with a goal as well when he had a gilt-edged chance to double Arsenal’s lead but fired almost straight at the goalkeeper.

Saka is the latest youngster to impress Emery during this Europa League group stage, which has also seen good performances by fellow teenagers Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock.

“They show us in every match positive things. And today Saka also, he played with a good performance with a very big personality,” Emery said. “We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-ones against the opposition.

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