Joe Willock has hailed fellow Academy graduate Bukayo Saka after his outstanding performance in the 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League last night.
The 18 year old, making only his second start for the club, scored a superb goal, and was involved in both the other Arsenal strikes as the Gunners got their European campaign off to a flying start.
Willock opened the scoring himself after good work from Saka down the left, and he was keen to pay tribute to his teammate afterwards.
“He’s a special player, he got two assists and one goal tonight,” said the 20 year old.
“I’m happy to score and contribute to help us win the game. But as a whole I thought we all did well and it’s a big night for us.
“It was a good game for us, a lot of young players came in and we just did what the manager asked and it was a good win. Good clean sheet, we’ll take confidence into the next game.”
Willock was taken off during the second half, having been booked in the 63rd minute, and while he looked a little disconsolate, he had no complaints after the game.
“I always want to play,” he said, “but if the manager brings me off that’s his decision, I have to stick with it and support it.”
If he keeps playing like he did last night, he’ll find himself doing 90 minutes with much more frequency.