Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe match 15-year-old record held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at Man United, as the Arsenal starlets become the first under 21 club duo to score 10 Premier League goals each in a season
- Arsenal recorded an impressive 4-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
- Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka both got their names on the scoresheet
- Smith Rowe, 21, and Saka, 20, have now both scored 10 league goals this season
- Their goals at the Bridge see them match a 15-year-old Premier League record
- Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were the last pair to reach 10 Premier League goals for the same team while both were at or under the age of 21
- Michael Bridges and Harry Kewell set the record while at Leeds in 99-00 season
Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have written their names into the Premier League record books after they both scored in the Gunners’ impressive 4-2 win over Chelsea.
After Timo Werner quickly cancelled out Eddie Nketiah’s shock opener, Smith Rowe was on hand to put the Gunners back in front with a cultured finish at the top of the box.
Chelsea responded quickly again through Cesar Azpilicueta but Nketiah put Mikel Arteta’s side back in front before Saka made sure of the result from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) have matched a 15-year-old Premier League record after they both reached 10 goals for the season in the 4-2 win over Chelsea
The goals from Saka, 20, and Smith Rowe, 21, both saw them reach double digits for the season in the Premier League – meaning they’ve become the first duo at or under the age of 21 to reach 10 goals for the same team in 15 years.
Smith Rowe and Saka now join Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in achieving the feat, with Manchester United’s iconic duo managing to both reach 10 Premier League goals during the 2006-07 campaign.
Rooney had managed 10 goals by the last day of January in 2007 while Ronaldo hit that figure on Boxing Day in 2006.
Cristiano Ronaldo (right) and Wayne Rooney (left) were the last pair to reach 10 Premier League goals for the same team while at or under the age of 21
Ronaldo and Rooney would go on to lift the Premier League title that season under Sir Alex Ferguson, a goal both Saka and Smith Rowe are unable to reach this time round.
However, Rooney and Ronaldo were not the first talented youngsters to manage the achievement.
The Premier League record had originally been set by Michael Bridges and Harry Kewell for Leeds United during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Saka and Smith Rowe’s goals help Arsenal move level on points with rivals Tottenham in the race for a top-four finish and Saka was delighted to have contributed to the side’s goal tally.
The England international calmly scored his first penalty since missing in the Three Lions’ penalty-shootout defeat by Italy at Euro 2020 and has hailed the Gunners for showing character at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League record had originally been set by Michael Bridges (right) and Harry Kewell (left) for Leeds United during the 1999-2000 campaign
Saka was delighted with his side’s character in the impressive 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge
‘I told you before that we wanted to give the fans something to believe in us and today we showed fight and character and today is a massive result for us. It was difficult, every time we went ahead they scored again,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘We had to settle down and keep our heads and we did that in the end to get the win.
‘It means a lot to us, losing three games on the bounce, it has been difficult and I feel like the boys have stayed positive, we have worked so hard in training and it has finally paid off with the win tonight.’