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Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is not a ‘world-class’ talent, despite his scintillating performances for the north London side.
Saka, 22, starred in Arsenal’s recent 6-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday afternoon, where he picked up a brace after finding the back of the net either side of the break.
In doing so, Saka became the youngest player in more than 40 years to reach 50 goals for Arsenal and also took his total goal contributions to 100 exactly.
However, despite the 22-year-old’s impressive performances, former Manchester United centre-back Ferdinand is not convinced the player is ‘world-class’.
Speaking on Vibe with FIVE, Ferdinand said: ‘Not yet. Listen, I think Saka’s been unreal. I actually think he needs a bit of a rest, so many games for a young kid.
‘But I think, it’s almost like what is world-class? He hasn’t done it in the Champions League, has he? I’m talking in the nitty-gritty stages,’ he said.
‘Saka’s top, don’t get me wrong. He’s not world-class yet.’
On Sunday afternoon, Saka reached the 50-goal milestone from the penalty spot on 41 minutes before Gabriel and Leandro Trossard made it 4-0 at the interval.
The 22-year-old added a second goal after the restart with Declan rice joining the rout against his former club by capping off the victory with a stunning goal at the London Stadium.
Despite such an emphatic victory, Saka reflected after the game that Arsenal could have had more if they had been more clinical.
‘We were four nil up in the first half and could have scored many more, including myself. I think today we smelled blood, we went for the kill.
‘We did really well to score more. I’m really happy to achieve that (50 Arsenal goals). But I’m not sure I can be happy today.
‘I missed some chances I thought I could have scored. It’s a great achievement. I’m proud of that.’
Elsewhere in the match, the Gunners also found the back of the net thanks to William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Leandro Trossard and Declan Rice.
Former Hammer Rice easily had the pick of the bunch after smashing a long-range effort into the top corner.
Despite the tremendous strike, Rice managed to performed a restrained celebration against his former side.