Bukayo Saka says Arsenal’s swashbuckling 3-1 victory over Sp*rs in the north London derby is proof that Arsenal’s young squad can achieve big things this season.
Saka was on the scoresheet and provided an assist for Emile Smith Rowe as the Gunners romped to the three points with a stylish first half performance at the Emirates.
After a difficult first month of the season, the third win in a row, played out in front of a packed and raucous Emirates crowd, has changed the mood around the club to the point where Saka feels confident enough not to put limits on his teammates’ potential.
“We can achieve anything, no matter what age,” said Saka. “With age comes experience but we have a lot of experience in this squad anyway which helps us.
“We have a lot of quality and enough experience to achieve a lot. We’re going to take it game by game but if we play like this we have enough quality to win trophies.”
“We all wanted it. We knew how much the game meant to the fans, we knew how much the game meant to us. And of course to build winning momentum — we’ve won three games in a row — is really good for us.”
Given the number of new signings in the summer – six in total – it’s little surprise to hear the players are still getting to know each other.
“We’re getting closer as a team, getting more team spirit, so things are looking good,” said Saka.
“If we play like that all the time, we have a strong chance of doing well this season and winning some trophies. This is one game, we have to do it again the next week and the next week.
“We get into a lot of good situations but we need to score more goals.
“Yesterday, we were a lot more clinical, so we’re happy with that but we’ve got to do it consistently.”
Having not played a north London derby with fans since September 2019, there was a real sense of anticipation on the terraces at kick off. The noise that greeted the goals was deafening and the celebrations continued well after the full time whistle.
“I can’t really describe how good it feels. Starting with the atmosphere in the stadium — it was crazy! The fans gave us so much energy and, for us to repay them and win like this at the stadium, it just means everything for us.
“It’s been almost two years since we played a north London derby with the fans. And you could tell it’s been nearly two years by the way they received us and cheered us. It was a special game.”