Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has officially become the first player given birth to in 2001 to mark an appearance in the Premier League coming on as a substitute for the Gunners against Fulham.
The Gunners starlet was subbed on in his Premier League debut after 83 minutes played against Fulham coming on for Alex Iwobi deeming him the first player of his birth year from any club to play in a top professional league.
Putting on an Arsenal shirt with the number 87 in his debut, also being the highest number used or worn in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old forward made his first full debut for the Unai Emery’s team at the Emirates Stadium in a Europa League match against Qarabag. The English-born forward impressed his Arsenal supporters throughout the game although he was unable to find the back of the net despite his performance.
Saka, who came through the Gunners academy, rebuffed offers from Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Chelsea and Watford to sign for the highest FA cup winners as a child.
“I had invitations from Spurs, Chelsea, Fulham and Watford but the only choice was Arsenal,” said Saka. “I enjoyed the way that Arsenal played so the choice was easy for me.
“I trained at Hale End and signed when I was nine years old. Receiving a scholarship and then signing a professional contract a couple of months ago and playing for the first-team has made this year very special already.