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‘I managed to get here and I’m not stopping now’

New Year’s Day 2019 will always have a place in Bukayo Saka’s heart.

That’s the date that the 17-year-old came off the substitutes bench to make his Premier League debut - becoming the first player born in 2001 to make an appearance in the top flight.

Bukayo replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.

Now he has a big decision to make - what does he do with his treasured matchday shirt?

“I think I’ll give it to my mum and dad, but I think they’ll probably frame it and give it back to me!” Bukayo told Arsenal.com. “That’s what I think I’m going to do with it.

“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he went on. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.

“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.

“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.”

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