Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has given an interview to Football.London about his time at the club.

He praised Bukayo Saka, who he gave a debut to, setting the wheels in motion for him to become a key player for the Gunners.

Saka is now an England international but Emery shared a story about his first game for the club.

He also said that some players at the club do not have the same humble attitude as Saka.

Arsenal Training Session
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“I remember when Bukayo played the first match with us in January. We won against Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates, he played for the first time with us at 17 years-old for 10 minutes,” said Emery.

“He didn’t touch one ball in ten minutes! He ran, ran, ran but didn’t kick one ball – it was amazing.”


“When he started playing regularly you could look at him and see he’s a very good player. He’s progressing as a very important player and he is 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 and follow us.”

Some Gunners fans on Twitter remembered Emery fondly for giving the likes of Saka and Gabriel Martinelli their debuts.

The situation at the club had reached boiling point by the time he was sacked but now that a year has passed, some fans are philosophical and grateful for his work.

Here’s how some fans reacted to Emery’s comments on Twitter.

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