Bukayo Saka has labelled Liverpool as ‘fantastic’ and stated that Arsenal have ‘a lot of respect’ for them despite their struggles in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal recorded a possibly season-changing 3-2 win over the Reds on Sunday, with Saka netting a brace, including the winning penalty late in the second half.
In years gone by, Mikel Arteta has watched his team struggle against Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’, but that tide could be now changing with the weekend’s result and performance.
Yes, the current Premier League leaders were perhaps fortunate with the penalty that was awarded, but throughout the game, Arsenal showed clear signs that they are now a level above the Reds.
That hasn’t been the case in recent times because, whilst Liverpool have won the Premier League, those at the Emirates have, at one point, fallen out of Europe altogether.
Nonetheless, when asked about the significance of Arsenal’s win over Liverpool, Saka knew the importance of it, as he hailed the Merseyside club, as he told Sky Sports.
“The last two or three years, Liverpool have been a team we have struggled against,” said Saka. “To win in front of our fans was special, it shows how much we are progressing and we just want to continue putting in performances like this.
“It gives us more belief because they are a fantastic team and we have a lot of respect for them.”
SAKA SHINING BRIGHT
The England star is going from strength to strength in Arsenal colours and he has played a huge part in his team sitting at the top of the Premier League table.
Saka actually started off the season in a quiet fashion, despite his side’s strong start, but his form is now seriously starting to pick up.
After nine games, the Hale-End academy product has three goals and four assists this season. He has every chance of hitting double figures, in both goals and assists, including beating his record of 11 strikes from the 2021/22 campaign.
And, in truth, if he does that then there is no reason why the Gunners can’t comfortably finish in the Champions League places.