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'This is a moment I've always dreamed of'

Josh Dasilva became the 845th player ever to play for the Arsenal first team when he came on at half time of our Carabao Cup match against Doncaster on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old was understandably delighted to have made his first appearance for Arsene Wenger’s side and discussed the match with Arsenal Player afterwards.

This is what he had to say:

on making his first-team debut…
It was quite surprising, obviously the boss threw me on at half-time and it’s just a good feeling to finally make my debut for Arsenal Football Club.

on a very special moment…
It’s a moment I’ve dreamt of since I’ve been here since I was nine, so ever since I’ve just been working towards this dream and I’ve achieved it. I’m just trying to push on and get more appearances for this great club.

on his journey to the first team…
I came through Hale End and I’m a third year now so I was in the under-18s for two years and now I’m with the under-23s and getting to grips with first team football now. It’s good, so I’m just trying to push on now.

on his performance…
I thought it was quite fast and Doncaster are a good team, so we had to give them respect. But I tried to adapt because I’m not used to playing centre-back, so it was a good challenge for me. The boss can play me anywhere and I’ll play so it was a good experience!

on what he learned…
Just to play the ball quick and know the next pass and just enjoy it really that’s the main thing. That’s why I play football because I enjoy playing football.

on the motivation to keep working hard…
I just want to get more appearances for this club, so I’m just going to carry on doing what I’ve been doing and hopefully I can get more appearances.

Fixtures

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Results

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