Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka has earned a somewhat surprise start for today’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa.
The exciting young attacker only turned 18 this month and scored his first goal for the Gunners in the midweek Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Still, few would have expected Saka to necessarily keep his place in a Premier League game, but it seems Arsenal manager Unai Emery is continuing to show great faith in his youngsters, handing him his first start in the league.
The likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have also been given chances by Emery since he took over at the Emirates Stadium, but Saka arguably looks the biggest natural talent of the lot.
First @premierleague start ?
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 22, 2019
The England youth international will now be hoping he can continue to show he deserves his place in the senior side this afternoon as Villa travel to north London.
This will no doubt be a big test for him, but for now these Arsenal fans are very excited by this big selection call from Emery…
— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) September 22, 2019
Saka and Pepe starting let’s fucking go
— Jonathan (@Jonathan__DK) September 22, 2019
— ??P?Ä14?? (@PierreEmAuba14) September 22, 2019
Yes I’m so happy Saka starting #ARSAVL
— Darren (@DazzaIV) September 22, 2019
Absolutely buzzing to see Saka starting today, I wouldn’t have questioned it if he didn’t, but he has deserved this chance today. Hopefully he will take it when nelson has fauled to take his. #AFC #COYG #ARSAVL
— The Irish Gooner (@TheIrishGooner2) September 22, 2019
YES Saka! https://t.co/J6j9TXpNqa
— Chris (@Nuttynottles) September 22, 2019
SAKA STARTS YES
— The Arsenal (@AFC5994) September 22, 2019
Buzzing to see saka start, deserves it after thursdays performance!
— -Smallman- (@JackSmallman_) September 22, 2019
WOW, SAKA STARTS ??? https://t.co/6Wh4eshsOX
— Vito Edgar (@vitoedgar19) September 22, 2019