‘Not Granit Xhaka’: Arsenal legend Martin Keown says one Arsenal player gets better every time he watches him

Arsenal legend Martin Keown praised Gunners star Bukayo Saka as Mikel Arteta’s charges beat PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League.

The Highbury icon says Saka “gets better every time” he watches him play, and is an absolutely “wonderful” player.

Saka helped Mikel Arteta’s charges reach the knockout stages of the Europa League with two games to spare.

In addition, Arsenal have now won their last eight in a row, and have 10 wins from 11 this season.

Granit Xhaka got the goal midway through the second half via a Takehiro Tomiyasu assist.

Meanwhile, Saka was Arsenal’s most consistent attacking threat down the right and was involved in plenty of chances.

Keown, speaking on BT Sport, loved what he saw from the 21-year-old.

“Saka – every time I watch him play, he’s wonderful,” he said. “He gets better every time.

“His upper body strength is first class, the way he runs past.

“He’s just swatting players now. He’s going from strength to strength.”

Arteta plays down Saka injury scare

Saka needed treatment on the pitch after nearly doubling his side’s lead midway through the second half.

Not long after Xhaka’s opener, Saka surged through the opposition defence and forced a save from Walter Benitez.

While bursting through, Saka received a kick to the back of the leg, and he looked in pain as he received treatment.

The 21-year-old eventually got back out there and looked fine as he looked to run off his knock.

Given Saka’s importance to Arsenal and England, the prospect of him getting injured is a worrying one.

But speaking after the game, Arteta didn’t seem concerned.

“I think he will be okay,” he told BT Sport, as transcribed by BBC Sport.


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