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Arsenal duo match 16-year Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney record



Saka and Martinelli brought up a milestone against Southampton / Clive Rose/GettyImages

There weren’t too many positives for Arsenal to take from their 3-3 draw with Southampton on Friday night.

The Gunners were playing catch-up from the first minute when they gifted the Saints the lead through Carlos Alcaraz before Theo Walcott made it 2-0.

Gabriel Martinelli halved the deficit before Duje Caleta-Car restored Southampton‘s two-goal lead, only for Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka to strike late and earn Mikel Arteta’s side a point.

They badly needed all three but there was a little piece of history for Arsenal duo Martinelli and Saka to celebrate.

Saka assisted Martinelli for Arsenal’s first goal on Friday, a strike which brought up 20 goal involvements in the league for the Brazilian. Saka had previously hit that mark, making them the second pair of teammates aged 21 and under to each record 20+ goal involvements in one Premier League campaign.


The first pair? Manchester United legends Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo, who set the record in 2006/07. The Red Devils won the Premier League title that season but Arsenal will find it tough to emulate that success this season.

Player (Season)TeamGamesGoalsAssists
Wayne Rooney (2006/07)Man Utd351412
Cristiano Ronaldo (2006/07)Man Utd34178
Bukayo Saka (2022/23)Arsenal321311
Gabriel Martinelli (2022/23)Arsenal32155

Friday’s draw was their third consecutive slip-up following trips to Liverpool and West Ham and their visit to Manchester City on Wednesday is now all the more important.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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