Bukayo Saka has become an Arsenal record breaker.

With his start against Fulham on Saturday, Bukayo Saka became the first Arsenal player ever to make 83 consecutive Premier League appearances. 

The 21-year-old levelled Paul Merson’s previous club record of 82 consecutive appearances against Crystal Palace last weekend.

Saka marked this record breaking occasion against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium with a goal. The winger confidently converted from the spot to draw Arsenal level against Marco Silva’s side.

The importance of Saka to Mikel Arteta can hardly be overstated, and is underlined by the player’s ever presence in the Premier league for over two full seasons. 

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So much about the way the Gunners play is designed around Saka and coaxing the best out of the youngster. Arteta designed a system that allowed Saka to shine in the Premier League last season, as the 28-cap England international scored 14 goals and registered 11 assists.

Saka is set to remain a talismanic figure in north London for years to come. He signed a new long-term contract, worth £195,000-per-week, in May 2023.

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Saka targeting glory with Arsenal

Whilst the right-winger has already achieved so much with the club he first joined as a seven-year-old, his focus now is set on ushering in another era of glory with the first team. Arsenal came close to clinching the Premier League title last season, and are determined to go one step better this time around. 

Whilst Saka has a 2020 FA Cup winners’ medal in his collection, he didn’t get on the pitch that day at Wembley Stadium. The talented attacker will be desperate to secure plenty more silverware in the near future, with himself playing a starring role in the success.

He will also expect to break more records, and assuming he remains fit, he will extend this consecutive Premier League appearances record for Arsenal by a considerable margin.

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