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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
Year Player Date of debut Club Opp
1992 Jose Baxter 16/8/08 EVE BLB
1993 Jack Robinson 9/5/10 LIV HUL
1994 Adam Henley 19/11/11 BLB WIG
1995 Serge Gnabry 20/10/12 ARS NOR
1996 Moussa Dembele 30/11/13 FUL WHU
1997 Isaiah Brown 4/5/13 WBA WIG
1998 Rushian Hepburn-Murphy 14/3/15 AVL SUN
1999 Jonathan Leko 2/4/16 WBA SUN
2000 Angel Gomes 21/5/17 MUN CRY
2001 Bukayo Saka 1/1/19 ARS FUL
'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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