Robin van Persie praised Arsenal Bukayo Saka’s starlet performance against Olympiacos in the Europa League and compared him to a trio of Manchester United and Gunners legends.
The teenager, who enjoyed a breakout campaign, witnessed the only goal of the game in Arsenal’s 1-0 win in Greece on Thursday evening, putting in a perfect cross for Alexandre Lacazette.
Incredibly, he was Saka’s eighth assist of the season in all competitions and Van Persie was chuckling at his vision, comparing the young man to some of the best Premier League players ever.
“Ryan Giggs used to give those passes, Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Scholes,” said Van Persie on BT Sport after the match.
‘It’s like ordering your attacker to move to the danger zone. It is actually world class. Very well indeed.
‘This is not simple. This is very good, world class. It makes it seem easy but this step, as I said, only great players can give those steps.
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‘Most of the crosses would have been kicked by the defender and would have been thrown too high or low without any idea.
‘But this is a passage with an idea. This is a pass with a message, and it is what you want from your players. “
Alex Lacazette strikes to bring Arsenal ahead against Olympiacos …
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He continued: “He is really taking the opportunity, and it’s nice to see a kid really grab his chances and play for his future.
And he’s doing it so well. It is so beautiful to see. ‘
Martin Keown added: “It is fortunate that he is also in the team and in the boy who really took it. Sead Kolasinac is now sitting on the bench watching and somehow sucking. And that’s what you need, take your chance and leave your mark. “