Hungry Saka delighted to make Premier League debut

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bukayo saka debut

Yesterday’s 4-1 win over Fulham brought Arsenal and Unai Emery a very welcome three points, and it also saw a Premier League debut for Bukayo Saka.

The 17 year old is another exciting talent to emerge from the academy, and following on from his Europa League bow last month, the winger took to the pitch in domestic competition for the first time.

The stats show he didn’t manage to touch the ball in that time, it was actually a Fulham defender who stabbed the ball to Sokratis to set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gunners fourth goal, but the youngster was just delighted to play his first Premier League minutes and is keen for more.

Speaking to the official website afterwards, he said, “Right now I’m feeling so happy. I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.

“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.

“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get.

“In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.”

With Danny Welbeck out long-term and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sidelined for another month at least, he may well see more of him in the weeks ahead.

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AlbZ
AlbZ

We’ll have a very youthful wing setup next year if he keeps up his progress with Iwobi (turning only 23 in May), Nelson and Saka. A bit of trickery and pace waiting to happen – exciting!

Arse City Blues
Arse City Blues

There was a young man named Saka, who looks like a tricky attacker, he cuts in from the right and sounds up for the fight, but for hunger try eating moussaka

Ivan Drago
Ivan Drago

And Bellerin and Holding are both just 23, possibly Nketiah too if he can push on

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

He’s been threatening to break through for a few weeks now, and I think barring our bad run, would’ve featured earlier.

He has a very unique alignment right now; both incredibly talented and also in a situation where the club is both kinda broke and in dire need of someone of his skillset (a fast, direct, left-footed dribbler winger).
Then on top his defensive endeavour (can play as a Left-back) makes him in interesting fit for Emery.

Hoping to se him start against Blackpool.

Pedant
Pedant

I think he needs to eat more to keep his energy levels high, being very hungry isn’t good.

ArunM
ArunM

Underrated

BODMAS
BODMAS

COYG. More success this year and beyond

Kiwamya
Kiwamya

“A tough stage, a long stage” he’s 17 and playing first team football for Arsenal!

Rich
Rich

It looks like we’re going to have to rely on more of our academy players making the grade, Along with picking up rough diamonds from elsewhere.

I can see Maitland Niles becoming a regular starter, I think we’ll likely persist with Iwobi providing he can add more end product.

I can see Guendouzi becoming a world beater, he’s got real ability, drive, belief and character on the pitch, he’s got the aura and presence that the real top players posses.

Emery is going to need time and patience to work, unfortunately time and patience is not something out fan base seems to have very much of…..

Timsh
Timsh

Anyone else having trouble to load the new articles in the android app since yesterday?
Even on Facebook I didn’t see the post match stuff until this morning…
Would be nice to get some feedback.
Cheers!

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

Yep, having the same issues. Reinstalling hasn’t helped either…

Timsh
Timsh

Was too lazy to even try that but seems to be working again….

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

Looks very promising indeed with promising homegrown youngsters ( Smith Rowe, Saka, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Naitland – Miles, Nketiah) and non- home gown ( Guendouzi, Torreira, Bellerin) BUT are there any top class young centre backs at the club. Great teams / clubs like Barca with Cavi & Inneista do not buy an entire team but homegrow the core and buy say genuine 4 world class others. Rich is right though fans must be patient with Emery. It will take 3-4 more seasons.

Wolsty
Wolsty

Spot on mate, our biggest problem is Centre Backs… That Medley looks promising but we need to spend 70-80 mil on a world class centre half… My preference would be Rafa Varane, but with no Champs League carrot getting someone of that calibre will be almost impossible. So 3-4 seasons with a nice cash injection for players…

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Varane will not leave Real for Arsenal. Also, he is injury prone

santori
santori

He looks a great prospect for the future Saka.

Can’t remember if he is one these young players Wenger made a bid for some time back.

We have a lot of promise on the wings with Nelson looking sharp in Germany.

Problem is I’m not sure what the thinking has been affording him out on loan when clearly we have need for such a player now even if he’s 19yrs.

What it seems is the decision is made by Mslintat and Emery having just come in wisely did not exercise too much influence on it. Ditto the decision to sign Lichsteiner an loan out Calum.

BUT fundamentally since Mslintat has come in, I’m not sure if there is sufficient sync with the gaffer as to what is really needed strategically for a campaiogn.

Point in case the age old case of Mhkitaryan. We sold Alexis on to United instead of City bc we did not want to ‘strengthen’ a rival and the price was better.

BUT we are no where close to City anyway and denying them Alexis merely meant they went for Mahrez kate on in window denying us someone we could have got earlier at a much lower price who could have strengthened our right wide area.

Instead we were beholden o the one remaining bidder in the game and prey to the dictates of Mslintat.

The Chambers loan is also a mystery. why we should decide to let out a player who has value for us on the right side of defense and instead entrust a 34yr old past his prime and short on pace is beyond me.

I truly hope Unai having spent half a season now in the hot seat gets to exercise more influence with the decision making process in terms of player purchasing.

I do not think Mslintat has been any way an improvement over the Wenger/Law era. We still have hit and miss. Sure Torreira and Guendouzi are good buys but so were Koscielny and Santi.

A bit of perspective needs suffice but unfortunately, most people are all too eager to make only the positives fit into their own narrative appraisal of Mslintat and company.

santori
santori

As far as potential wide players is concern, Nicholas Pepe purportedly on the radar looks sharp.

There was also Christian Pavon but we don’t know if he may hold on till summer to see if any of the Spanish big 2 may come in with interest.

Pepe remains one of few players available not cup tied I believe.

At Lyon Houssem Aouar is a tidy player in midfield but may also have potential further forward.

They are packed with talent going forward at Lyon with Fekir also still in market albeit probably will command a premium price.

But he’s the sort of signing we may need to take it to the next level. It all depends on how much gumption the club shows. If we are in ‘modest budget’ mode, we are where we are in the table for good reason. The gaffer can only do so much with material on hand.

Another good buy (I mentioned last season) from Lyon in midfield, Ndombele. Again he may be priced out of our range now unless we should decide to show a different ambition.

I also mentioned David Neres at Ajax, Hirving Lozano at PSG (both cup tied) but potentially good options out wide.

Thauvin at Marseille is another possibility although again cup tied and he may be comfortable now in the south coast but you never know.

Certainly if we sell on Ramsey this January we will have some money to spend.

I won’t hold my breath on selling Ozil as some prefer to wish for. Its as ridiculous as selling Mustafi when there are other clearly more limited and weaker players around and we are carrying injuries/lack numbers.

People like to convince themselves of certain truths that hold hollow.

Mustafi was not responsible for our poor performances at Soton or BHA or Liverpool.

Torreira was poor in all 3 matches robbed off the ball 3 times which all lead to goals.

But hey he isn’t Granit so it won’t be popular to mention this.

This is the problem with perpetuating these sort of stereotypes much like when Flamini was blamed for everything wrong.

It is emotional, shies away from proper empirical analysis and does everyone a disservice.

Chris
Chris

How tough and long can it have been at 17?