Bukayo Saka has emerged as arguably Arsenal's brightest prospect during his breakthrough season – and it turns out he's just as impressive in the classroom.
The 18-year-old only made his first-team debut little over a year ago, but he is now holding down a regular place in the Gunners' side.
Saka has already made 26 appearances in all competitions this season, and is an outside bet to be included in England's Euro 2020 squad in the summer.
And despite his newfound stardom, Saka's swift rise has come as no surprise to his former teachers at Greenford High School in Ealing, West London.
“In the last year of doing GCSEs, Bukayo was out of school with Arsenal quite a bit, but he was brilliant,” Mark Harvey, his former PE teacher, told the Times . “He knuckled down, got really good grades and came out with flying colours. In terms of a sportsman: superb. In terms of a student: role model.”
Saka only completed his GCSE's two summers ago, achieving four A*s and three As, just six months before his Arsenal debut as a substitute in the Europa League tie with Vorskla Poltava.
But the youngster admitted even then he wasn't sure if he would get to realise his dream.
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