Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal winger, has named Cristiano Ronaldo as his inspiration, after his match-winning display for Arsenal in the Europa League.

The Nigeria-eligible teenager scored one and made two, as Unai Emery won 3-0 at Frankfurt on Thursday.

And speaking after the game in Germany, the talented young winger admitted he has grown up idolising one man.

“Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Saka. “I love his mentality. He always wants to be the best, is always working hard on and off the pitch and trying to make his body the best.

“When he gets on the pitch he performs with full confidence and full personality and shows why he’s one of the best players to ever play football.

“I wouldn’t say I have his attitude as we are two different players, he is unique, but I try to look at him and take the good things from his game and one of the good things from his game is his mentality.

“He’s always focused, always working and I try to do that as well.”