Bukayo Saka

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

Bukayo Saka in his own words

“I had invitations from Spurs, Chelsea, Fulham and Watford but the only choice was Arsenal,” Saka said in 2018. “I enjoyed the way that Arsenal played so the choice was easy for me. I trained at Hale End and signed when I was nine years old. Receiving a scholarship and then signing a professional contract a couple of months ago and playing for the first-team has made this year very special already.”

Bukayo Saka factfile

  • Full name: Bukayo Saka
  • DOB: 5 September 2001
  • Nationality: British, Nigerian
  • Position: Left midfield
  • Secondary position: All of them
  • Foot: Left
  • Height: 1.78m/ 5ft 8″
  • Signed for Arsenal: 2008
  • Signed from: Greenford Celtic
  • Fee: n/a
  • Current value: £36m
  • Contract until: 20 June 2024
  • Date of last contract renewal: 1 July 2020
  • Sportswear outfitter: n/a
  • Agent: Elite Project Group
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How Arsenal saved their season in 20 minutes

It was nervy at times, but Arsenal managed to find a way to win their Europa League Round-of-32 tie against Benfica on Thursday evening but at what cost?
Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League 32 Second Leg football match between Arsenal and Benfica at the Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens, on February 25, 2021. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts after scoring 2 vs Benfica [with goals + Arteta comments]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a brace against Benfica as Arsenal did their best to crash out of the Europa League.
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal scores their sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta explains what makes Bukayo Saka very unusual

Mikel Arteta answered more questions on young Arsenal star Bukayo Saka this week, as the teenager continues to impress.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola picks out 2 Arsenal players for praise

Pep Guardiola singled out Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard for praise after Manchester City's victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta admits Bukayo Saka difficulty

Mikel Arteta admits it's a difficult balance to manage Bukayo Saka's minutes at the moment, because of his consistent performances.
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka vs Benfica: Mikel Arteta delivers his opinion

Mikel Arteta has given his opinion on Bukayo Saka vs Benfica as the youngster once again saved Arsenal from embarrassment.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Saka’s school teacher recalls his amazing yet humble beginnings

Bukayo Saka would never show off in his school matches, despite dominating his classmates even using his weak foot, according to his former teacher.

Bukayo Saka has become one of the hottest young names in football but what is the Arsenal kid now worth?

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)

Still only 19, Bukayo Saka has made himself a first-team starter at Arsenal.

Six goals and five assists in 26 appearances this season tell only a fraction of the whole story. He now has more than all other Premier League teenagers combined, for instance.

He also has four goals and two assists in his last six Premier League games.

Saka has entertained, thrilled and dazzled us all, a rare shining light in what has been one of the most boring Arsenal sides seen in a generation.

According to Transfermarkt, Bukayo Saka is the third most valuable player who was born in 2001. They have just Mason Greenwood (£45.5m) and Rodryo (£40.5m) ahead of him.

Worldwide, Saka is now the 121st most valuable player and 48th in the Premier League.

In terms of English players, he’s 14th and when it comes to left midfield he’s number one –  in the world.

Starting with a value of just over £6m when he arrived on the scene in September 2019, Bukayo Saka is now valued at £36m.

You can find out how much he gets paid with his new contract here.

Saka: No. 7 shirt is exciting – it doesn’t add pressure

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring the opening goal on July 4, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka says the chance to wear the number seven for Arsenal is an exciting development, rather than one that adds pressure.

Bukayo Saka dropped the second seven from his shirt number this week, switching from 77 to seven. It was obviously a big show of belief from Arsenal, giving a single-digit shirt number to an 18-year-old.

The fans tend to put a lot of importance on shirt numbers. They see it as a way of connecting current players with those from their history, like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking over 14 from Thierry Henry, or Kieran Tierney following in the footsteps of all the other left-backs to wear three for the club.

Sky Sports asked Saka whether that adds pressure on him to perform to the high standards set by the likes of Robert Pires in the past.

“If a club is going to give you the number seven at such a young age, it shows how much they believe in you,” Saka said. “That gives me a lot of confidence. I wouldn’t say it brings pressure on me.

“The only pressure, for me, that I feel is myself. That pressure that I put on myself to make a difference in games and stuff like that. I don’t think the number is going to really add a lot of pressure.

“It’s so exciting, you know. It’s just the stuff that you dream of. The number seven, the legends before that have worn it. It’s such an honour to be given that by Arsenal.”

Is Saka a confidence player?

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka watches his shot beat Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio to score the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Michael Steele / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka watches his shot beat Rui Patricio on July 4, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

I wouldn’t say Saka strikes me as a player ready to crumble under pressure. In the youth teams, he always rose to the occasion in the big games.

He scored a vital goal in the North London derby that effectively won the u18s the title last season, as wells as scoring twice to knock Spurs out of the FA Youth Cup. He bagged a brace in the u18 Premier League play-off final, even though Arsenal were awful.

Then you look at how he stepped up to the senior side. There’s no sense of him failing to rise to the occasion, having an excellent first full season with plenty of big moments.

There were his vital goals and assists in Frankfurt and Liege when Arsenal couldn’t buy away results. His assists at Old Trafford and Anfield, his goal and assist against Wolves and Leicester City. Four goals and 12 assists as an 18-year-old. He just needs to keep it up!

Bukayo Saka settled Arsenal fans nerves everywhere when he signed a new deal at the club and for Bukayo Saka salary is now the least of his concerns

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers - Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with teammates Emile Smith Rowe, Alexandre Lacazette, and Hector Bellerin after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2020 in London, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Andrew Boyers – Pool/Getty Images?

Coming through the Arsenal Academy, Bukayo Saka announced himself to the world int he 19/20 season with his impressive performances, deadly delivery and ability to adapt around the pitch despite his young age.

For a while, Saka had us worried that he might head off somewhere new, but the Arsenal lad was delighted to sign a new deal, tying him to the club for the foreseeable future.

Before he signed this new deal, the 18-year-old Bukayo Saka earned £3kpw, a handsome salary for us mere mortals.

Bukayo Saka has now seen his salary increased x 10 to £30kpw.

We now also know the club showed their faith in Bukayo Saka by promising him the number seven shirt when it was time to launch the new kit.

Bukayo Saka modelling the new Arsenal 2020/21 shirt (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Bukayo Saka modelling the new Arsenal 2020/21 shirt (Photo via Arsenal.com)

The teenager has now made 63 appearances for the senior team, more than he played for the u18 (26) or u23 (25) sides.

35 have come this season, along with all four of his goals and 11 assists.

Bukayo Saka salary broken down

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka (L) celebrates with Arsenal's English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe before his goal is disallowed during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. - 14 (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka (L) celebrates with Arsenal’s English midfielder Emile Smith Rowe before his goal is disallowed during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. – 14 (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Bukayo Saka Salary per year

  • Bukayo Saka earns £1,560,00-per-year

Bukayo Saka Salary per month

  • Bukayo Saka earns £132,493-per-month

Bukayo Saka Salary per week

  • Bukayo Saka earns £30,000-per-week

Bukayo Saka Salary per day

  • Bukayo Saka earns £4,285.71-per-day

Bukayo Saka Salary per hour

  • On the basis of a 40-hour-week, Bukayo Saka earns £535.71-per-hour

Bukayo Saka now most expensive left midfielder in the world

Bukayo Saka is one of the hottest young names in football but what is Bukayo Saka now worth?

Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)

Still only 19, Bukayo Saka has made himself a first-team starter at Arsenal.

Six goals and five assists in 26 appearances this season tell only a fraction of the whole story. He now has more than all other Premier League teenagers combined, for instance.

He also has four goals and two assists in his last six Premier League games.

Saka has entertained, thrilled and dazzled us all, a rare shining light in what has been one of the most boring Arsenal sides seen in a generation.

According to Transfermarkt, Bukayo Saka is the third most valuable player who was born in 2001. They have just Mason Greenwood (£45.5m) and Rodryo (£40.5m) ahead of him.

Worldwide, Saka is now the 121st most valuable player and 48th in the Premier League.

In terms of English players, he’s 14th and when it comes to left midfield he’s number one –  in the world.

Starting with a value of just over £6m when he arrived on the scene in September 2019, Bukayo Saka is now valued at £36m.

How Arsenal saved their season in 20 minutes

It was nervy at times, but Arsenal managed to find a way to win their Europa League Round-of-32 tie against Benfica on Thursday evening but at what cost?
Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League 32 Second Leg football match between Arsenal and Benfica at the Karaiskaki Stadium in Athens, on February 25, 2021. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts after scoring 2 vs Benfica [with goals + Arteta comments]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a brace against Benfica as Arsenal did their best to crash out of the Europa League.
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal scores their sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta explains what makes Bukayo Saka very unusual

Mikel Arteta answered more questions on young Arsenal star Bukayo Saka this week, as the teenager continues to impress.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola picks out 2 Arsenal players for praise

Pep Guardiola singled out Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard for praise after Manchester City's victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta admits Bukayo Saka difficulty

Mikel Arteta admits it's a difficult balance to manage Bukayo Saka's minutes at the moment, because of his consistent performances.
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 18: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between SL Benfica and Arsenal FC at Stadio Olimpico on February 18, 2021 in Rome, Italy. SL Benfica face Arsenal FC at a neutral venue in Rome behind closed doors after Portugal imposed a ban on travellers arriving from the UK in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Bukayo Saka vs Benfica: Mikel Arteta delivers his opinion

Mikel Arteta has given his opinion on Bukayo Saka vs Benfica as the youngster once again saved Arsenal from embarrassment.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy - Pool/Getty Images)

Saka’s school teacher recalls his amazing yet humble beginnings

Bukayo Saka would never show off in his school matches, despite dominating his classmates even using his weak foot, according to his former teacher.
Arsenal video Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 14, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Arsenal's French-born Ivorian midfielder Nicolas Pepe leaves the pitch after being sent off after clashing with Leeds United's Macedonian midfielder Ezgjan Alioski during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on November 22, 2020. (Photo by MOLLY DARLINGTON / POOL / AFP)

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Arsenal's English striker Bukayo Saka during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL / POOL / AFP)

Arsenal 19yo picked as world’s best for his age by Matteo Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi thinks Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka is the best talent of his age group in world football.