Saka breaks new ground for class of 2001

3 Jan 2019
Arsenal's Bukayo Saka comes on for Alex Iwobi

Seventeen-year-old Arsenal winger becomes first player born in 2001 to play in the Premier League

At just 17 years of age, Bukayo Saka made Premier League history when he came on for his debut in Arsenal's 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year's Day.

The winger replaced fellow Arsenal academy graduate Alex Iwobi with seven minutes left to play and in doing so, became the first player born in 2001 to play in the PL.

Saka was born on 5 September, 2001, only 10 days before Arsenal beat Fulham 3-1 on their way to the 2001/02 title.

First players from year of birth to play in PL
YearPlayerDate of debutClubOpp
1992Jose Baxter16/8/08EVEBLB
1993Jack Robinson9/5/10LIVHUL
1994Adam Henley19/11/11BLBWIG
1995Serge Gnabry20/10/12ARSNOR
1996Moussa Dembele30/11/13FULWHU
1997Isaiah Brown4/5/13WBAWIG
1998Rushian Hepburn-Murphy14/3/15AVLSUN
1999Jonathan Leko2/4/16WBASUN
2000Angel Gomes21/5/17MUNCRY
2001Bukayo Saka1/1/19ARSFUL
'I'm not stopping now'

"It's been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here," Saka told the club's official website.

"I'm not stopping now. I just want to work hard with every chance I get."

Saka also achieved another Premier League first on New Year's Day.

His No 87 shirt was the highest number to appear in the Premier League.

Saka's message to Arsenal fans

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