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Bukayo Saka: Nigerian Diet Named One of His Secrets As He Eyes 86 Consecutive PL Games for Arsenal
- Bukayo Saka will make his 86th consecutive Premier League appearance on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur
- It is a record for an Arsenal player and the current longest streak in the league
- Saka's durability secrets have been linked to many factors, including Nigerian foods
Bukayo Saka is nearing a record-breaking 86th consecutive Premier League game for Arsenal, and his durability secrets have been named, including an interesting one.
Saka broke into the Arsenal first team in 2018 under former manager Unai Emery and has been an integral part of the team since the 2019/20 season, helping the club win the FA Cup under Mikel Arteta.
He has transformed himself into one of the best right-wingers and one of the most exciting talents in the world, starring for both club and country, having made his England debut in 2020.
As noted by Sky Sports, he scored Arsenal's first UEFA Champions League goal in seven years in the 4-0 rout of PSV Eindhoven, breaking the deadlock in the eighth minute.
Bukayo Saka's durability secrets
According to The Athletic, Saka was one of the league's most fouled players last year, leading to calls for referees to protect him more. Yet, his body hardly breaks down, and he will play his 86th consecutive League game if selected against Tottenham Hotspur.
According to a feature by the Daily Telegraph, his professionalism, genetic advantage, and education are key factors to his indestructibility. At the same time, the player has also claimed that Nigerian foods cooked by his mum help his fitness.
Saka's parents are Nigerian, and he was eligible to play for the African country before pledging his allegiance to England. He was in the country during his holiday after the end of last season.
The 22-year-old, while on a TNT Sports Q&A session with academy boys in 2021, named jollof rice and plantain as his favourite Nigerian delicacies.
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His streak is currently the longest in the league, ahead of Brentford's Yoane Wissa on 69 and Newcastle United's Dan Burn on 67. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard holds the all-time streak of 164 consecutive League games.
Karim Adeyemi's favourite Nigerian food
Sports Brief reported that Karim Adeyemi named his favourite Nigerian food and credited it for adding to his speed after he outpaced Chelsea's Enzo Fernandez in a Champions League game last season.
The Borussia Dortmund star claimed that fufu is his favourite food and he has been videoed feasting on it a couple of times. Adeyemi's father was born in Ibadan, a city in Southwestern Nigeria.