Martin Keown: Bukayo Saka looks better than £72m signing Nicolas Pepe, The Gunners earned a notable 3-0 win in Frankfurt on Thursday night and the 18-year-old Saka caught his eye with a sparkling performance.
It was the young forward’s first appearance of the season as he created two assists and a tremendous goal of his own to lead his team to a commanding victory.
Keown compared the performance of Saka to that of Pepe who had come from Lille this summer and had not yet made such an input.
He becomes the youngest Arsenal player to score in the Europa League with a great finish to cap a fantastic display
The Ivory Coast’s 24-year-old international has appeared in all five of Arsenal’s Premier League matches so far this campaign and got off the bench in Frankfurt but has yet to score and has only one assist.
‘ They’re working, attempting to get young players in, and they’ve discovered one in Saka, ‘ Keown told BT Sport.
‘ You think of the way Pepe performs at the minute, they paid £ 72 m for him, and this guy looked better than him tonight.
By the way, [ Joe ] Willock, too, has his reward, this has been a breakthrough period for him.
He was a little lucky, but that’s all 100 percent of the Academy, the first goal for Arsenal.
Joe Willock opened the scoring for Arsenal in Germany, finishing off 38 minutes into the game as his impressive progression continues.
Keown said of the 20-year-old, “I believe this is the exuberance of young players.
I believe this is a time of breakthrough for Willock. ‘He’s been a little rushed, lacks a little bit of composure, but I enjoy his energy, and he’s getting his goal tonight to put Arsenal in front’