Cesc Fabregas says young duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are his favourite current Arsenal players to watch.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal breaks past Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal breaks past Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas recently took to Twitter to celebrate 18 years since his debut as a professional football player, and to thank the Gunners for “giving me the best opportunity of my life”.

Fabregas then decided to hold a Twitter Q&A to celebrate the anniversary, and he was asked which current Arsenal players he enjoyed watching the most, to which he simply answered Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.

That answer probably shouldn’t be particularly surprising. For a start, most of us love watching Saka and Smith Rowe on a weekly basis. They’re important members of Mikel Arteta’s side, often contributing to the goals.

In Fabregas’ case, there’s probably also the element of seeing a bit of himself in them. Young, bold players making an impact and changing games earlier than perhaps you’d expect them to.

In some other Arsenal-related answers, Fabregas said Alexander Hleb was his most underappreciated teammate, Robin van Persie was the most intelligent finisher, and Steven Gerrard was his toughest Arsenal opponent.

Saka and Smith Rowe will look to be giving Fabregas more moments to enjoy against Leicester City this weekend.

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