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Bukayo Saka (born 5 September 2001) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Premier League club Arsenal.[2]

Bukayo Saka
Personal information
Date of birth (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 18)[1]
Place of birth London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 77
Youth career
Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Arsenal 4 (0)
National team
2017 England U16 2 (1)
2017–2018 England U17 9 (0)
2018– England U18 5 (1)
2018–2019 England U19 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:08, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Born in London, Saka started his career with Arsenal's Hale End academy.[3] Once he turned 17 years old, Saka was given a professional contract by Arsenal and promoted to the under-23 side.[3]

On 29 November 2018, Saka made his senior competitive debut for Arsenal in their Europa League match against Vorskla Poltava. He came on as a 68th minute substitute for Aaron Ramsey.[4] On 13 December 2018, Saka made his first full home debut for Arsenal in their Europa League match against FK Qarabag.

On 1 January 2019, Saka made his debut in the Premier League in a 4–1 win against Fulham after coming on for Alex Iwobi in the 83rd minute.[5]

On 19 September 2019 he scored and provided two assists as Arsenal won 3–0 against Eintracht Frankfurt in their opening group game of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.[6]

International careerEdit

Born in England, Saka is of Nigerian descent.[7] Saka has represented England at under-16, under-17,[8] under-18[9] and under-19 level.[10]

In May 2018, Saka was included in the England under-17 squad as they hosted the 2018 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.[11] The hosts were eliminated by the Netherlands at the semi-final stage on a penalty shootout although Saka scored his spot kick.[12]

In September 2018, Saka scored the winner for the England under-18 team in an away game against France.[9] In November 2018, Saka received his first call-up to the England under-19 team.[13] He scored on his debut at that age level in a qualifier against Moldova.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 6 October 2019[15]
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2018–19 Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 4 0
2019–20 Premier League 3 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 1 5 1
Career total 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 9 1
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

Arsenal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Bukayo Saka: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Bukayo Saka: Nigeria's Newest Arsenal Prodigy". THISDAYLIVE. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Wheatley, Chris (20 November 2018). "Meet Bukayo Saka: The latest Arsenal academy star making a name for himself". Goal.com. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Vorskla vs Arsenal". Soccerway.
  5. ^ "Arsenal news: Emery excited by Saka's Arsenal debut". Goal.com. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  6. ^ "Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ Abayomi, Tosin. "Bukayo Saka and Arthur Okonkwo get professional contracts at Arsenal". Pulse.ng.
  8. ^ "Bukayo Saka at UEFA U17". UEFA. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ a b "England U18s beat hosts France to seal Limoges title with three wins from three games". The Football Association. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Bukayo Saka at UEFA U19". UEFA. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  11. ^ "England U17s squad revealed for U17 Euro finals on home turf". The Football Association. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  12. ^ "England 0-0 Netherlands". UEFA. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  13. ^ "England U19s squad named as they begin their Euro campaign with qualifiers in Turkey". The Football Association. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Bukayo Saka scores on England Under-19 debut". Arsenal F.C. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  15. ^ Bukayo Saka at Soccerway
  16. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.