Bukayo Saka has spoken out on Arsenal’s start to the season after Saturday’s dramatic 1-0 win at Brentford.
The 22-year-old played a pivotal role in the winner, with his trademark cross to the far post putting it on a plate for Kai Havertz to head home through the legs of Mark Flekken.
A common theme in matches is how much attention Saka now gets from opposition players, with teams identifying Saka as a huge threat and extra emphasis put on nullifying the winger.
When speaking to The Evening Standard about this, Saka said: “I feel like a lot of games I’m facing a double team with two guys on me and it’s the same for Gabi (Martinelli).
“The managers know a bit more how we play and it’s up to us to adapt in each game and to find a solution,”
Arsenal are top of the Premier League with 30 points from the opening 13 matches, although it’s clear to see that ‘the Gunners’ still have plenty of gears to go through to reach their top level.
When asked if he feels his side still has room to improve, Saka said: “Of course, each game is different but we know that we can be a lot better. We’re especially working on breaking teams down, but we’re still getting really good results and we’re top of the league. So we can be really happy.”
The Gunners started last season on fire, but the latter part of the season saw a notable drop off in performance and results as Arsenal fell short of claiming a first Premier League title in 19 years.
Saka was asked whether his side may be on a path to peak later on in the season this time round, saying: “Well, I hope that’s the case. Right now we’re getting good results, we’re top of the League and we’re only going to keep progressing, improving, and getting better as a team.
“We have some injured players who are going to be back and at the business end of the season I really hope we can push on and do really well.”
“It’s nice to be back on top. We had to fight hard today to achieve that but we’re satisfied with the win and the three points”
“It (Havertz’s late winner against Brentford) shows we’re going to keep going until the end in each and every game. It also shows it’s not been easy for us. We’ve faced a lot of low blocks and teams that want to sit.
“Credit to Brentford, they defended really well. So it took all the way to the end for us to find a breakthrough, but we managed to do it so we’re happy.”
The Gunners now turn their attention to Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match against RC Lens at the Emirates Stadium, after falling to a shock 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture.