Arsenal interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg was thrilled by 18-year-old Bukayo Saka's "amazing" rescue act against Standard Liege.

Saka capped a fine individual display with the equaliser for Arsenal as they drew 2-2 with Standard in their final Europa League group game on Thursday.

The teenage winger had also provided the cross for Alexandre Lacazette's close-range headed goal as Ljungberg's side battled back from 2-0 down to earn a point.

It helped the Gunners secure top spot in Group F, ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt, and means they will be one of the seeded teams in the draw for the last 32 on Monday.

"He was amazing," Ljungberg said of Saka in his post-match news conference. "His final ball, and last bit, is always effective.

"He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He's a tremendous talent.

"I feel sorry for our young players. A lot of them haven't been on loan, they've not had that exposure to men’s football.

"Some of them made mistakes but they'll learn from those mistakes and won't do them again. But Bukayo had a tremendous night."

Arsenal's display was characterised by defensive uncertainty as Ljungberg put his faith in youth against Standard.

However, the 42-year-old former Sweden international preferred to focus on the manner in which his side fought back to draw.

He added: "I'm really proud of them. They showed belief in how they can play football. It's good for us in the future. The energy, they go and go. They don't stop.

"We played really well in our game-plan in the first half. They didn't have any shots on target. We should have maybe been one or two up at half-time.

"We got sucker-punched a bit, they scored two deflected goals. You can't really slam the players for that.

"We could have folded but we didn't. At 2-2, we could have got a 3-2 but I had the information about the other score so we didn't go too hard.

"Of course, it was a small gamble but I believe in those young players and they pulled through and we're top of the group."

Arsenal finished as Europa League Group F winners after goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka helped them fight back to claim a 2-2 draw with Standard Liege on Wednesday.

Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah gave Standard a two-goal advantage as they chased a victory to qualify for the knockout phase.

However, those hopes were dashed when Lacazette and Saka scored in quick succession to settle Arsenal's nerves.

The Gunners progressed to the last 32 of the competition as group winners ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt after they lost 3-2 to Vitoria Guimaraes.

Freddie Ljungberg has insisted he has not had any say on who will take over as Arsenal's next permanent head coach.

Ljungberg has been in charge for Arsenal's last three matches on an interim basis following the sacking of Unai Emery, celebrating his first win on Monday as the Gunners rallied to beat West Ham.

The 42-year-old is reportedly in contention to stay at the helm until the end of the season while the club continue their search for Emery's successor.

Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira and Massimiliano Allegri have been linked, while Carlo Ancelotti is also said to be in the running after the Italian was sacked by Napoli on Tuesday.

However, Ljungberg has not held talks with Arsenal chiefs over the vacant position and reiterated he is only focused on Thursday's Europa League clash with Standard Liege.

"It's not a conversation I've had with the bosses," he said at Wednesday's pre-match news conference. "My job is to go from game to game. All of those decisions are up to the top dogs."

Asked specifically if Ancelotti would be a good choice to take over at Emirates Stadium, Ljungberg said: "I've been asked questions like this a lot since I took over.

"I just try to concentrate on my job, which is to win football games and get better. Who they choose it is totally up to them and I stay out of it."

Arsenal ended a nine-match winless run with their 3-1 comeback victory at the London Stadium, which Ljungberg is hopeful will give his players some confidence.

"It does a lot of good when you haven't won for a long time," he said. "For me it's about how we won the game. We kept the ball well. West Ham couldn't get a hold of the ball.

"Everybody was in the dressing room after the game except the owner. They were very happy with the result and the victory.

"You can see players do things in training that aren't a problem but they can't in a game situation. You have to work on it, relax and be brave."

Ljungberg has named a young squad for Thursday's final Group F clash in Belgium, with Arsenal simply needing to avoid a 5-0 defeat to advance through to the last 32.

Despite being without a number of first-team players, including Kieran Tierney following news he is to spend another spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, Ljungberg has confidence in his travelling group.

"We have a few injuries. We've played a lot of games lately and have another game on Sunday," he said. "We brought a lot of firepower here. 

"We have younger players that played in the group stages. It's a big game and we're here to get a result. We have a lot of respect for the opponents.

"We play a lot of games. Sometimes we have to change. We have a lot of respect for the game. We don't take it lightly. We want to win and get a result."

Arsenal have confirmed Kieran Tierney dislocated his shoulder in Monday's 3-1 win over West Ham, as a lengthy absence beckons.

Scotland international Tierney signed from Celtic in August for a reported £25million to bolster the left side of their defence, but his impact has been minimal due to injuries.

He joined the club during rehabilitation for a pelvic injury, limiting him to 11 appearances across all competitions.

The 22-year-old started each of Arsenal's two most recent matches, but he lasted only 29 minutes at West Ham after falling awkwardly in his own penalty area.

After receiving medical attention, Tierney gingerly walked off the pitch using his jersey as a makeshift sling. Arsenal announced the nature of his injury in a short bulletin on Wednesday.

A timescale for his return has not been provided, but he will not play again this year and is a doubt to feature in January.

Hector Bellerin sustained a hamstring injury during the warm-up before the West Ham win and is being monitored ahead of Sunday's visit of Manchester City, with the match against Standard Liege on Thursday coming too soon for him.

Nicolas Pepe, who scored only his second Premier League goal on Monday, will also miss Thursday's Europa League clash due to a bruised knee, though he has not been ruled out of the City match.

Granit Xhaka is out of both upcoming matches, however, after he sustained concussion at West Ham.

Proposals for a joint league featuring elite clubs from Netherlands and Belgium have reached a second stage.

The concept has been mooted for a number of years but has now moved a step closer, with a select group of teams from Eredivisie and the Belgian First Division being asked to give their views.

Consultancy firm Deloitte was hired to explore the possibility of a combined league, which would be known as 'BeNeLiga'.

The five top clubs from Belgium (Gent, Club Brugge, Genk, Anderlecht and Standard Liege) met the top six from Netherlands (Ajax, AZ, Utrecht, Feyenoord, PSV and Vitesse) earlier this year, and Dutch football governing body KNVB has confirmed talks were successful enough to continue with the exploration.

A statement on KNVB's official website read: "The clubs involved decided in a first phase to conduct a feasibility study into the theoretical added value of a BeNeLiga.

"This study is also facilitated by the national associations (KNVB and KBVB) for the sake of the broader football interest. That research has since been carried out by Deloitte.

"The results of the first phase confirm that the new BeNeLiga has a potential significant value increase."

The next phase of the investigation will look at a possible format and the impact a new joint league will have on Dutch and Belgian teams.

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