Unai Emery has revealed that Bukakyo Saka failed to touch the ball on his Premier League debut for Arsenal.
The England winger bowed as a substitute in the 83rd minute in a 4-1 victory over Fulham on New Years Day in 2019.
Since then he has grown into one of Arsenal’s most important players under Mikel Arteta when he was just 19.
Emery, who made his Saka debut at the age of 17, had a funny memory of his former player’s first appearance in the Premier League.
The former Arsenal boss told Football.London: “I remember when Bukayo played the first game with us in January.
“We won against Fulham 4-1 in the Emirates, he played for the first time with us at 17 for 10 minutes.
“He hasn’t hit a bullet in 10 minutes!” He ran, ran, ran but didn’t hit a single ball – it was amazing.
“When he started playing regularly you could look at him and see that he was a really good player. He’s progressing as a very important player and he’s a very humble person.
“It’s very important because some other players don’t have the same humble qualities as him to always want to learn, listen to us and follow us.
“Bukayo was amazing as a person and a player. You can tell that he is also a very smart and intelligent kid.
Saka has scored twice and registered an assist in his last three Premier League appearances.
He will look to continue his searing form when Arsenal host Crystal Palace on Thursday, LIVE on talkSPORT.