Football started with my brother Yomi – in the words of Saka
The Arsenal youngster revealed he started learning how to play football from a tender age but never thought of making it to the first team
Bukayo Saka ‘s blistering form has made him one of football biggest revelations this current campaign.
The 18-year-old, who made his first-team debut in 2018, this season has notched up 13 assists – making him the first teenager to reach double figures for assists in a single season with Arsenal since Cesc Fabregas in 2006-07.
The England international, whose parents are of Nigeria descents narrating to Arsenal official website said he started learning football while playing with his older brother and father.
“To be honest it all really started a long time before that,” Saka told Arsenal.com “From the age of three or four, I would be playing football at home in the garden with my dad, and my older brother, Yomi.
It was always like that. After school we would eat and then it was straight into the garden to play football.
“We would play for hours. My dad and brother would want to go back inside but I never let them. We kept playing until I won. I’m serious, you can ask them! As long as they were winning, I wouldn’t let them back inside.”
“Weekends in our house were always about football. My dad would usually take me to Arsenal – I joined when I was about seven – and my mum would take my brother to Watford. I spent a lot of time being taken to and from football in my dad’s car. I remember there were a lot of roadworks round Hale End, sometimes it took us an hour and a half. But it was all worth it. I loved it.
While Saka enjoyed his time playing football as a teenager, he added that he never thought of making it to the professional level.
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“I just enjoyed playing, but I don’t think I ever really thought I was going to make it to the first team until I actually signed my first professional contract when I turned 17,” the 18-year-old added.
Saka was key for Arsenal turnaround 3-2 victory over Everton at the Emirate Stadium on Sunday, as he came in for injured Sead Kolasinaic to provide the equaliser for Eddie Nketiah.
However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, after the game believed there were other aspects of the youngster’s game he needed to work on.
“I’m never happy when something like that happens with Kola [Kolasinac],” Arteta told reporters.
“It was a great contribution offensively [from Saka] but he showed that there is a great margin for improvement and he has to keep his feet on the ground.”
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