Bukayo Saka described his evening in Liege as “beautiful” as he helped Arsenal secure a 2-2 draw that ensures the Gunners finish top of Europa League Group F.
Freddie Ljungberg’s side were trailing 2-0 going into the final stages in Belgium before the 18-year-old, initially deployed as a wing-back before taking on left-back duties, assisted Alex Lacazette and bagged a neat goal of his own.
After the game, the Academy graduate played up the importance of coming from behind for the second game in a row.
“We feel we are taking a lot of confidence,” he told BT Sport.
“In our last game in the Premier League we won, and while we didn’t win here we came back.
“We always keep our heads and try to get a result because we knew what the stakes were and that if we lost we could possible be out.”
On his own performance, he added: “It was beautiful for me because that is what I am judged on, scoring and assisting, so to score and to make one is a good night.”
While Arsenal only needed to avoid a defeat by a five goal deficit to progress to the knockout rounds, it looked as though we’d finish the evening in second place despite having dominated the group from start to finish. Thankfully, Frankfurt’s late collapse at home to Vitoria made for a happy ending.
“It’s a good feeling because on the pitch we didn’t know [the result in the Frankfurt game] and were pushing for the third goal to try to win the game but Freddie was trying to tell us that Frankfurt were down,” reflected Saka.
“Everyone came into the changing room after and found out we were top of the group.
“I feel like if we lost and finished second, we would have had to face tougher teams. O
“Obviously, we are going to have to face tough teams in the Europa League but it is easier if we face an [unseeded] team next. We can take confidence and keep going from round to round and progress.”