ARSENAL star Bukayo Saka has opened up about his love for football from a young age as he spoke about his childhood.
The 21-year-old Gunners forward posed for a series of photos as he donned different outfits for a shoot.
Speaking about what football means to him, he said: “Football? It’s been part of my life since childhood. As soon as I realized this game existed, I loved it. And I still love it.”
“There was a gated neighborhood in front of my house, something that formed a circle with the other apartments. In the middle was just a green field. Not really a soccer field, but we redesigned it to be like this.”
“Everyone came there to play. We used to meet there after school, the neighborhood kids, to play until our parents called us for dinner and a shower.”
“Then to bed. School the next day… And we did it again!”
Saka has made 181 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 39 goals and providing 41 assists.
He won the FA Cup in 2020 and was close to winning the Premier League title last season before Mikel Arteta’s men fell out as Manchester City overtook them.
Saka has also won 28 caps for England and is now one of Gareth Southgate’s most trusted lieutenants.
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Of his eleven international goals, seven have come since the beginning of 2022.
And he is expected to start at the European Championships next summer.
He continued his impressive form in Arsenal’s Premier League opener at the weekend when he scored in their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
But despite his huge success, Saka remains grounded as ever.
He added: “I don’t want to change my values for anyone or anything. I firmly believe in what I say and do.”
“Obviously I’m not perfect and I still have a lot to learn and mature, but it’s important to stay the boy I am.”
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