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At just 18 years and 17 days old, Bukayo Saka this weekend became the sixth youngest Arsenal player ever to play in the Premier League, and the third youngest to start a game. He’s in some pretty decent company.
It is, of course, quite easy to get carried away when a young player emerges onto the scene with the level of maturity and composure he has shown, but what does history tell us about the Arsenal stars who made their league bows at similarly tender ages?
Here, we’ve qualified the nine others who make up the ten youngest Gunners of the Premier League era, so you can make up your own mind about his chances of making the grade.
Alex Song (18yrs 10d, vs Everton 2005)
Initially joining Arsenal on loan as one of Arsene Wenger’s post-Invincibles signings, Song would eventually sign on from Bastia for a minuscule £1m.
He proved to be excellent value for money as well, as between his league debut in September 2005 and his departure for Barcelona in 2012, he made over 200 appearances for the club and established himself as one of the division’s most efficient holding midfielders.
He went on to make 65 appearances for Barça, winning the 2013 La Liga title, before winding his career down with spells with West Ham, Rubin Kazan and FC Sion.
Chuba Akpom (17yrs 11m 10d, vs Sunderland 2013)
Having been with Arsenal from the age of six, Chuba Akpom was once the great white hope of the academy but failed to ever make a substantial mark on the first team.
Now resurrecting his career in Greece with PAOK, the striker spent the vast majority of his Arsenal career out on various ill-fated loan spells with everyone from Brentford to Sint-Truiden. H
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