“They started off on fire, came out of the traps, into their faces,” Merson added. “This is everything you dream of for a holding midfielder to do [for Saka’s goal], cuts the ball out, then the ball is out wide.
“For one-a-half minutes gone in a football match, that is just an unbelievable touch and goal from Saka. it’s the type of thing you don’t want so early in the game, Partey, I think he’s the best holding midfielder in the league as we speak at the moment.”
Nketiah, meanwhile, continues to prove an able deputy for Gabriel Jesus, and with two goals in two games, the Brazilian may be worried about his future place in the team. The striker got on the end of a rebound from Martinelli’s initial effort, showcasing his predatory instincts inside the penalty area for his side’s third.