Arsenal star Bukayo Saka has been praised by Troy Deeney and the Watford striker thinks the youngster can be a "proper player" at the club under Mikel Arteta's guidance.
Deeney has been criticised in the past by Gunners' fans for comments he has made about the north London club.
One notable exchange came in 2017 after Watford came from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Vicarage Road.
Deeney found the back of the net from the penalty spot to level the score before Tom Cleverley grabbed the winner two minutes into added time to take all three points.
After the final whistle, Deeney then accused the Arsenal stars playing under Arsene Wenger of having no "cojones".
Arsenal news: Bukayo Saka has been praised by Troy Deeney
However, while the 31-year-old insists he is only giving his opinion, he has also admitted that he has been impressed with Saka in his breakout season.
The 18-year-old has made 30 appearances in all competitions this season during which he has scored three goals and provided nine assists.
However, was has impressed many people is how well the teenager has adapted his game to play at left-back.
Saka's usual position is at left-midfield but has been dropped back into defence for large parts of the season because of injuries.
"Arsenal people hate me but it is what it is," Deeney told United Stand.
"The reason me and someone like DT get on, or me and Robbie or me and Troopz, is because I’m not saying Arsenal are crap, or these players are not good enough.
"I’m literally going, ‘my opinion on it is this, this and this’ and they would go, ‘yeah, I can see that’.
"Even when Arsenal are good I’ll be like, ‘my man was sick, you know’.
"Saka at left-back, he’s a proper player. I’m not just going, ‘oh, you lost, haha’. Bro, Watford lose more than most."
Saka's displays have attracted the attention of several big clubs across Europe, especially as his current £3,000-a-week contract is due to end in 2021.
However, the club have made it a priority to agree a new deal with Saka and Arteta has insisted the club is “doing what it has to do” and is “having conversations” with the youngster as the north London club seeks to secure the his long-term future.
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