Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka says he used to cheer on Newcastle with his Dad.
The versatile left winger has been a revelation for the Gunners this season.
Despite preferring to play further up the pitch, he’s looked the real deal at left-back having been thrust into the position due to an injury crisis.
The 18-year-old is now being tipped as a future star having firmly cemented himself in the Arsenal first-team.
Saka has been on the books with Arsenal since he was a child and grew up in west London.
He was given his first start against Manchester United by former manager Unai Emery back in September.
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The youngster has now revealed he’d watched the Red Devils in their own backyard before – albeit as a Newcastle supporter.
“I was standing on the pitch at Old Trafford before the game,” he explained.
“It was just my second-ever start in the Premier League – and it finally hit me: I’m in the Arsenal first team.
“I had been here 10 years earlier with my dad, sitting in the away end with the Newcastle fans. ]
“My dad has always been a big football fan, he supported Newcastle because he loved Alan Shearer.
“I hadn’t been to many stadiums at all, so it was a big moment for me, as an eight-year-old, to go to a game.
“But now here I was as a player.
“Being down on the pitch, looking up at the fans in the stands, it really hit me. I realised what was starting to happen.
“I just enjoyed playing, but I don’t think I ever really thought I was going to make it to the first team until I actually signed my first professional contract when I turned 17.”
Saka could feature tonight against Olympiakos if Mikel Arteta decides not to rest him.
With exciting rookies making their presence known, the Spanish chief insists the club is now back on the right path.
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“Well a lot of things happen in two months obviously, in all different areas of the club,” he said.
“I think the team is progressing well.
“I think the club is looking in a better place, I think we are getting much more unity in the sections of the club and we are getting a great energy back from the fans when we play at the Emirates and away from the Emirates, there's a lot of positive things but there's still a lot of things to do.
“A lot of things to improve, individually, collectively and as a club and we are in that process at the moment.”
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