Buyako Saka, 17, describes Arsenal debut in Europa League win

Bukayo Saka
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Qarabag FK at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Unai Emery fielded some young talent in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Qarabag, including 17-year-old midfielder Buyako Saka.

Arsenal had already secured a spot in the last 32 of the tournament before this match-up, so Emery brought back Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny after returning from injury, and gave younger players a chance. Bukayo Saka stood out in a young Arsenal side that beat Qarabag FK 1-0 in the last group stage match of the Europa League.

“I joined the club at the age of eight. I always dreamed of playing at the Emirates,” Saka said, according to Goal.

“I grew into the game, that’s what I wanted to do. I should have scored at the end but I don’t know what happened.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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Saka went on to describe how it felt to debut with the first team, saying it was hard to believe.

“On Wednesday in training he [Emery] went through the team and I couldn’t believe it. I had to get on with it and focus but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

“My family were buzzing and I couldn’t stop smiling last night. They managed to put me to bed early.

“I have to keep playing well at youth and academy level and whenever I get the chance in the first team I have to impress the manager.”

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