EL hits and misses: Saka shines

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Saka steps up for Ljungberg Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka delivered for Freddie Ljungberg With a Premier League clash against Manchester City – live on Sky Sports on Sunday – on the horizon for Freddie Ljungberg, the Swede took a bit of a gamble in Liege, fielding a number of youngsters as the Gunners looked to secure top spot in Group F.Europa League tables | ResultsArsenal rescue top spot with drawWhen is the Europa League draw?Midway through the second half, it was a gamble that looked to have backfired with Standard two goals to the good and Eintracht Frankfurt beating Vitoria Guimaraes in the game’s other group. Finishing second in the group – and potentially drawing the likes of Inter Milan and Ajax – was looking more and more likely, until Saka (and Vitoria!) intervened. Saka has made no secret of the role Ljungberg, who coached a number of Arsenal youngsters during his time with club’s academy, has played in his development and the 18-year-old stepped up for his mentor.First, he set up Alexandre Lacazette with an inch-perfect cross before exchanging passes with Gabriel Martinelli and picking out the far corner to bring his side level. “He was amazing,” Ljungberg said in his post-match press conference. “He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He’s a tremendous talent. His final ball and last bit is always effective. Bukayo had a tremendous night.”Watch Sky Sports now from £18 a monthWas Saka’s performance enough to force his way into Ljungberg’s starting line-up to face the Premier League champions on Sunday? Ljungberg knows the young players at Arsenal well and with injury concerns over Nicolas Pepe and a number of other players, he will have no doubts about starting a confident Saka following his excellent showing in Liege.Oli YewGlorious Greenwood is going places 0:35 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not scared to start Mason Greenwood in the Premier League after he scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-0 Europa League win over AZ Alkmaar

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