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Influenced: Bukayo Saka
Influenced: Bukayo Saka

By Robert Jones

Bukayo Saka has hailed the influence of Freddie Ljungberg after the teenager hit his first senior Arsenal goal in Thursday's Europa League win at Eintracht Frankfurt.

The winger shone in a much-changed Gunners side, setting up fellow academy graduate Joe Willock and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang either side of netting a wonderful, long-range strike as Arsenal eased to a 3-0 victory.

Head coach Unai Emery made seven alterations to his side for what, on paper, appeared to be their hardest game in Group F, with Frankfurt not having lost a home European fixture since 2006. Saka (18) made his debut in last year's Europa League before making his one and only Premier League appearance to date in a 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year's Day.

The England Under-19 talent is the latest player off the Hale End production line and he credited Ljungberg, the former Arsenal midfielder who was promoted to Emery's assistant over the summer having worked with the likes of Saka as Under-23 manager last year, for his development.

"It helps so much," he replied when asked how useful it is to have Ljungberg's input.

"Sometimes when I don't understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English. He gives a lot of advice to me every day but one of the most, the best piece of advice he's given me is to stay humble.

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