Arsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Bukayo Saka’s “big personality” after their 1-0 Europa League win against Qarabag FK
The 17-year-old winger made his full debut for the Arsenal senior team on Thursday night and impressed greatly in the second-half at the Emirates Stadium.
In fact, Saka nearly capped off a superb performance by becoming the club’s youngest goalscorer in Europe after shooting the ball into Qarabag goalkeeper Vagner’s face in the dying moments.
“Every young player, we have the responsibility to give them chances, first to train with us and to be demanding with their performances,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.
“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.
“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.”
Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal finished as Group E winners with 16 points from six games.
The Gunners will next take a trip to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.