Arsenal beat West Ham by a tennis score to humiliate David Moyes’ side in their own backyard on Sunday afternoon. But Bukayo Saka claims he “can’t be happy”, despite netting twice in the 6-0 win.
Saka scored Arsenal’s second from the penalty spot after he was brought down by the West Ham goalkeeper. The winger blasted in his second of the match and the Gunners’ fifth just after the hour mark after cutting in from the right.
The 22-year-old became the youngest Arsenal player since Frank Stapleton in 1978 to score 50 goals for the club. Saka felt that his tally should have been higher after missing a number of opportunities.
When told of his milestone, Saka said: “Really? To be honest, I’m really happy to achieve that. But I’m not sure I can be happy today. I missed some chances that I feel I could have scored. Obviously it’s a great achievement, so I’m proud of that.”
He added: “We were 4-0 up in the first half and could have scored many more, including myself. I think we smelt blood today, we went for the kill and did really well to score more. We’re happy.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for Saka after the match. He said: “When you talk about consistency at his [Bukayo Saka] age…what he has done in the last two or three seasons in remarkable. His attitude, his quality, what he delivers every week…it’s really difficult to find. That’s why he is so important to us.”
He added: “I’m extremely happy. The way we performed, the way we played. Such a big score in a really difficult place tells you a lot about how well the boys played today.
“It’s great to make [club] history especially the way we have done it. We’re in a good moment and we you have good moments you have to build and maintain the momentum. The team from the beginning looked really sharp. We had to put right the last two results against them and that was a good motivation for the boys.”