Thomas Partey hails Arsenal youngster as 'one of the best young players' in the world following Watford win

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey was quick to praise fellow Gunner Bukayo Saka following another sparkling display in Arsenal's 3-2 win over Watford.

Saka provided an assist for Martin Odegaard's opening goal before getting on the scoresheet himself, winning the ball back before exchanging a quick one-two with Lacazette and rifling the ball into the roof of the net, leaving Ben Foster with no chance in the process.

It took the 20-year-old above teammate Emile Smith Rowe in the goal contributions rankings, and means that he now has 13 goals contributions this season, the most of any U21 player in the Premier League this season.

And midfielder Thomas Partey was quick to praise his winger in the aftermath of the victory over the Hornets.

'We all know what he is doing,” Partey told the media. “He is one of the best young players in the world now.'

'I think he is doing a great job. I hope he stays with us for a long time and does what he can, and tries to take this team far.'

And, speaking on the form of the Gunners, who are now in pole position for Champions League qualification next campaign, the Ghanaian hailed the mental strength of those around him.

'I think we are mentally strong. We want to go game after game and this is what we are doing. I hope we continue with this form. We knew coming here it was not going to be easy. We tried to do our best and we tried to control the game.'

'At the end, we were able to score three goals. It’s difficult here so we had to manage [the game] and try our best to get the three points. In the end that is what we did.'

Saka and Arsenal, futures intertwined?

Bukayo Saka now sits comfortably among the top players in the Premier League, at the tender age of 20 years old. His contract will have two years left to run come the summer, and there is an expectation that any renewal will hinge on whether Arsenal can offer Champions League football next season.

Should they be able to, there seems to be no better place for Saka to continue to flourish. But, should they fail to, and the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City come calling, it could be hard for him to resist.

Saka's future, and Arsenal's Champions League hopes, seem fundamentally intertwined.

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Ben Browning

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