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.