Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal star who’s set to make landmark appearance v Luton

Bukayo Saka has been a shining light for Arsenal since his breakthrough into the first team over the last few years, and he is now set to make a landmark appearance against Luton Town.

The 22-year-old is remarkably on 199 Arsenal appearances, and the winger is expected to start on Tuesday night, which will take his total to 200 in all competitions.

Saka made his first team debut in the Europa League just over five years ago as a teenager, and quickly rose from an outstanding young prospect to one of the Premier League’s best players.

Mikel Arteta praises Bukayo Saka

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mikel Arteta praised Saka ahead of what will be a significant moment in his career.

“That’s not bad at his age! It’s gone really fast but it shows again the consistency and the availability that he has had over the last few years,” he stated of his appearances landmark.

In 199 games so far, Saka has scored 46 and assisted 51 goals, playing in a variety of positions including at left-back when he first broke into the side.

Making 200 appearances by the age of 22 is an astonishing feat, and it becomes even more remarkable when compared to other great Arsenal players of the past.

In his entire career, the now-retired Jack Wilshere, also one of Arsenal’s great academy products, made 197 appearances for the club.

Former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made 163 Arsenal appearances across four years in North London, and helped win the FA Cup in Saka’s key breakthrough season.

Club icon Santi Cazorla made 180 appearances across six years, and Saka has already overtaken the Spaniard in this regard.

Mikel Arteta himself made 150 appearances, with Saka having now appeared for the club more times than his manager.

Compared to other wingers, Samir Nasri appeared 125 times for the Gunners, Andrei Arshavin appeared 144 times and club legend Marc Overmars appeared 139 times.

Saka has already overtaken some big names in Arsenal history, and is well on his way to surpassing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette in this regard. If he continues his form, maintains his fitness and even spends most of his career at the club, he has the potential to become a legend at the Emirates Stadium.

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