Thursday, September 7, 2023

Bukayo Saka makes uncharacteristic error before scoring from the spot on record-breaking Arsenal appearance

Bukayo Saka has broken a 26-year-old record held by Paul Merson at Arsenal by playing in 83 consecutive Premier League games.

But the Gunners superstar was at fault for an early Fulham goal at the Emirates – before making up for his mistake by scoring from the penalty spot in a thrilling 2-2 draw.

GettySaka has broken a 26-year record at Arsenal[/caption]

Saka played this ball through to Andreas Pereira which led to Fulham’s openerPremier League Productions

GettyHe then scored from the spot in the second half in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw[/caption]

The England forward inadvertently played Andreas Pereira through on goal in the first minute, with Aaron Ramsdale left stranded as Arsenal surrendered a shock lead to the visitors.

He then got Arsenal back on level terms in the 70th minute from the penalty spot – firing low into the bottom right corner.

And while Arsenal took the lead moments later through Eddie Nketiah, the Cottagers equalised in dramatic fashion after Joao Palhinha volleyed home at the death.

The four-goal thriller came on a historic day for Saka, who has now played 83 top-flight games in a row for Arsenal, a remarkable feat for the forward who is still just 21.

The England international has played every Premier League game in the last two seasons, as well as the opening three matches of the current campaign so far.

It sees him break Merson’s record of 82 matches played in a row, that was made 26 years ago in 1997.

The last time Saka was not named in Arsenal’s starting XI was in December 2021 when he was on the bench for a Carabao Cup game against Sunderland.

And it is no surprise considering the unbelievable talent that the youngster has after his best professional season last campaign.

GettySaka has been one of the most important players at Arsenal in recent years[/caption]

Merson had played 82 games in a row, making the record in 1997GETTY

In 48 matches for Arsenal, he scored 15 times and made 11 assists as the north London outfit missed out narrowly on the Premier League title.

Saka’s importance to the squad was underlined by Arteta after he signed a new contract earlier this year.

Arteta said: “The club has done a great job.

“He’s a crucial player for us who represents our club in the best possible way. Hopefully there are a few more to come.”

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