Michael Owen has compared Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka to Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker watched as Saka made his Arsenal debut in Thursday night’s Europa League win over Qarabag, a result which extended the club’s unbeaten run to 22 games.
17-year-old winger Saka is the latest academy product to be given an opportunity by Unai Emery this season, and Owen was impressed by the performance of the teenage debutant.
“He looked really nervous at the start of the game, myself and Martin [Keown] were both talking about it,” Owen told BT Sport.
“But he certainly grew into the game. Just him having the courage to run at players was really refreshing to see.
“Some of the skill… I watched Ronaldo doing this the other day for Juventus.
“He’s just different class and by the end of the game, his confidence was oozing.”