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 Arsenal’s 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.

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“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.”

Bukayo Saka is of Nigerian origin. It must be nice to see him ushered into the big league by another Nigerian and star performer on the night, Alex Iwobi.

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