Arsenal teenager Saka skilful like Juventus star Ronaldo - Owen

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17-year-old Bukayo Saka made his debut for Arsenal and Unai Emery's strategy of giving academy graduates time in first team really paid off in their last Europa league group match.

He probably should have capped his performance with a goal as well when he had a gilt-edged chance to double Arsenal's lead but fired nearly straight at the goalkeeper. "We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-ones against the opposition".

"He played with a very big personality over 90 minutes and sometimes with a very good performance, and this for him is very important for his confidence and for us also, because we can look in this player for some qualities that can help us". It gave Unai Emery a chance to test out his youngsters.

His side could be without a single natural centre-back for the game at St. Mary's as Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are both suspended, while Rob Holding is out with a long-term injury.

Gunners captain Laurent Koscielny started for the first time since suffering a serious achilles injury at Atletico Madrid since May - while the head coach also fielded starlets Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka.

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"Also this player today, [Eddie] Nketiah, with us also [he gave] a good performance".

"We are going to see for Sunday", Emery said.

"It was Wednesday in training", he said when asked when he knew he would be playing.

The match against Qarabag was a largely meaningless affair as Arsenal had already clinched the group win and neither team had anything to play for.

"We give them these chances in games like today, when we can do that, and they show us every match positive things. Lacazette, I think he needs rhythm, and it's not bad for him to play today".

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