Bukayo Saka is hoping to live up to his moniker of “little chilli” in Euro 2020.
Bukayo Saka is looking to live up to his nickname of “little chilli” by proving to be England’s most exciting player at the European Championship.
The 19-year-old Arsenal winger scored his first senior Three Lions goal against Austria in a warm-up match last week, but it is unclear if he will start against Croatia in England’s Euro 2020 opening at Wembley on Sunday.
Saka had a strong personal season despite Arsenal’s poor season, earning him the nickname “le petit piment” because Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang invented the phrase in French.
After Arsenal’s FA Cup victory in 2020, Aubameyang would give Saka a bespoke, jewel-encrusted chilli.
When asked why the nickname “little chilli,” he said, “It started with Auba.”
“He said it in French,” says the narrator. We were doing a finishing drill in training at the time, and he continued staying on it while I continued scoring, shooting with such force that he started calling me little chile in French.
“I had no idea what it was. After that, I asked him what it meant, and he told me it meant “tiny chilli.” From then on, he continued to call me it, and it became a thing. Now it’s a big deal, and a lot of people call me it and use it as a moniker.
“Of course, he gave me the lovely chain he promised if we won the FA Cup – it just goes to show what a terrific character he is and how important he is to me and the team in terms of happiness and vibrations in the dressing room.
“It’s fantastic. He’d done an excellent job with it. I appreciate it. It’s fantastic. It’s distinct.”
Saka’s name may possibly be a sign of how much he will love his time in Europe. “It indicates that God has brought more joy into my life. He stated of the name Bukayo, “Joy, happiness, the same.”
“I am really excited, happy to be here. I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity. (This is a brief piece.)