A look back at the impressive rise of Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka has taken the Premier League by storm in recent seasons. Born on September 5, 2001, in London, Saka joined the Arsenal academy when he was just seven years old. He made his debut for Arsenal’s first team in November 2018 at the age of 17 and has since become one of the club’s most influential players.

Saka started as a left-back but has shown his versatility by playing in several positions across the pitch, including left-wing, right-wing, and even central midfield. He possesses incredible dribbling skills, good pace, and great vision, making him a constant threat to opposing defences.

Saka has an impressive passing accuracy rate and is also not afraid to shoot, as evidenced by his three goals in March 2023, which won him the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award.

One of Saka’s standout performances came in the UEFA Europa League in 2020, where he scored a goal and provided two assists in a 3-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

On 4 July 2020, he scored his first Premier League goal for the club against Wolverhampton Wanderers,  helping Arsenal secure a 2-0 victory. Saka was also part of the Arsenal squad that won the FA Cup that season, although he did not play in the final.

Despite this, he was still recognized for his outstanding performances throughout the season, finishing third in the vote for the Arsenal Player of the Season award.

Saka’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed, with many calling for him to be included in the England national team. In October 2020, he made his senior debut for England in a friendly match against Wales and has since become a regular in Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Saka’s rise to prominence is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and talent. At just 21 years of age, he has already achieved a lot and has the potential to become one of the world’s best players. He is a player to watch in the coming years and will play a significant role in Arsenal’s future success.

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  1. What is it with this “Saka started as a Left Back” ? He was a Left Winger in academy and the U21’s. He did very occasionally play as a LWB in the 1st team, but that was when we played with 3 CB’s.

    Saka does remind me of a certain player who came through our youth system back in the 80’s. Both skillful and both well mannered. Unfortunately a knee injury ended up curtailing one’s career at The Arsenal. That player was David ‘Rocky Rocastle who sadly passed away 22 years ago today.

    Remember who you are, what you are and who you represent. RIP Rocky.

    1. Could not agree more Herr Drier. David Rocastle was a special player. I don’t think the younger generation on here would have a clue who David Rocastle was,,, or what David Rocastle stood for. Bukayo Saka is a tremendous young player. I wish people would drop the ridiculous childish, “Star Boy” , reference that they make about him. He’s a grown man for f#ck sake, not a Goddam child. I think the last I heard was, that anyone aged 21 was an adult. Correct me if I am f#cking well wrong please

  2. Cheers NY.

    I was there for his debut, a dull 0-0 drawn against Newcastle, but he lit up the match with one of his mazy runs. Me and my mates looked at each other open mouthed amazed at we had just witnessed.

    I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a tear when I woke up 22 years ago and heard the sad news that Rocky had passed away 😢

  3. Let’s hope that Saka will ar the Ems tomorrow in the Epl, play a very strong contributive role in the Arsenal match against Leeds Utd thatshould see the Gunners beat the Whites in the match to the collection of all the 3 points at stake in it for collection unfailingly. The match will be tough. But I think and strongly believe that Arsenal will carry the day in it with a win in it.

  4. I believe his playing experience in various roles has improved his tactical understanding and decision making tremendously

    Kane also played various roles in his youth, including holding midfielder, hence his excellent false nine abilities. Saka is similar to him, in terms of positional variations

    I bet Saka could even play false nine role very well, as he did once in an EPL game a couple of years ago. If he plays there, Arteta might have to tweak his tactics slightly and use Smith-Rowe on the right side of the field

  5. The boy has been excellent, he’s shown he can do it at the highest level. He’s development is one that am proud of, but I hope in his mind he knows he hasn’t achieved anything especially with the team.

    I just think at times we’re overpraising him, I just feel he needs to achieve something with the team. I just don’t want another Harry Kane story with him, world class but nothing to show for it.

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