Bukayo Saka sets new Champions League record

LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and RC Lens at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2023. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Over the weekend, Squawka tweeted that Bukayo Saka was the only player to have created 50+ chances, completed 50+ take-ons, scored 10+ goals, and provided 10+ assists in the Premier League in 2023.

But it’s not just in domestic competition where Saka is excelling, and he’s now set a new record in the Champions League.

OptaJoe reports that Saka is the first player in Champions League history to both score and assist in each of his first three home games in the competition.

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Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between Arsenal and Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium in north London on November 8, 2023. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Only two other players have ever scored and assisted in three consecutive home games since 2003: Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez.

But neither player did so in their very first three home games in the Champions League, so that makes Saka’s achievement unique.

As a result, it’s not surprising to see Saka at the top of the Champions League standings for goals and assists this season, racking up seven already.

Saka sits one ahead of Alvaro Morata, Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham, Gabriel Jesus, and Harry Kane, who all have six.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and Sevilla FC at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Bukayo Saka of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and Sevilla FC at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2023. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Saka is also one of just two players in Europe’s big-five leagues to have provided 10 assists in all competitions this season. The other is Florian Wirtz, of German league leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

There were some doubters about Saka due to his lack of experience in the Champions League ahead of this season, with some questioning whether he could handle the step up to Europe’s biggest stage.

But the winger has a habit of proving the critics wrong, and he’s helped Mikel Arteta’s side breeze into the knockout stages at the first time of asking.



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