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Promising Arsenal youngster cites Cristiano Ronaldo as his role-model

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after he scores his sides second goal from the penalty spot with Folarin Balogun during the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park on January 17, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal started off their Europa League campaign successfully, and one of the reasons for that is the youngster Bukayo Saka.

After a rather shaky start of the season in the Premier League, Arsenal is looking to bounce back. With only five points in four matches, Emery’s on the hot seat.

However, this didn’t prevent the Spanish manager from giving a chance to young Bukayo Saka.

As the last night shows, sometimes only a young enthusiasm can lift the whole team up.

Saka proved instrumental in Arsenal’s 3-0 win away against Frankfurt. The young Englishman scored a goal and assisted two more in an inspiring performance.

Emery will need all the help he can get, as Arsenal host Aston Villa where there’s a lot of pressure on them to get all three points. After this match, The Gunners will travel to Manchester to face Solskjaer’s equally desperate side in the clash of giants.

As expected, Saka received a lot of media attention, and when Goal asked him about his role-models, he quickly said:

“Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I wouldn’t say I have his attitude as we are two different players, he is unique, but I try to look at him and take the good things from his game and one of the good things from his game is his mentality.

“He’s always focused, always working and I try to do that as well.”

The 18-year English striker of Nigerian descent already scored three goals in eight appearances for England U19.

It will be interesting to follow Saka’s development. The competition in Arsenal’s attacking line is fierce, with all of Pepe, Aubameyang, and Lacazette having something to prove.