Pandit sends message via Arsenal star Bukayo Saka

Owen Hargreaves says Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has a quality in his game that is “very rare” in young players today, not trying to play too fast or “always rushing”.

The former Bayern Munich and England midfielder added that Saka plays with so much “emotional intelligence” that he blossomed again in the Premier League at the weekend.

In another blockbuster and friendly for Mikel Arteta’s side, the London club stood their ground and secured a much-needed three points against Erik ten Hag’s much-improved Manchester United side.

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Saka faced his England team-mate Luke Shaw but the Manchester United left-back was still unable to stop the £70,000 star’s (Spotrac) pinpoint shot from distance finding the net.

It was a brilliant moment from the Hale End star and a big reason why he is one of the best strikers, not just in the Premier League but in Europe.

Former Manchester United star Hargreaves couldn’t stop praising the player, as he told Premier League Productions (23/01/23 at 14:15).

“If you look at young players when they play, especially the wingers and flair players,” Hargreaves said. “You’re always in a hurry. You want to go too fast.

“Bukayo is the opposite. He slows down at crucial moments. He reminds me a bit of Riyad Mahrez in the sense that he’s looking for a little moment. A little body shift.

“That’s what I think of a kid, what is he 21? It’s very rare for a child to play with so much emotional intelligence – he’s playing within himself.

“I played football and it was always stressful. He always smiles. He looks like he’s having the best time out there.”

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What tale would it be for Arsenal, what tale would it be for Saka if he could lead his boyhood club to the Premier League title.

The last time Arsenal were English champions, the player himself was three or four years old, so it’s pretty crazy to think it’s that long ago.

Anyway, the route the north London giants are taking, they’ve earned title glory so far, it’s just a matter of getting through these very difficult final weeks of the season.

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Emma Bowman

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