Bukayo Saka admits Arsenal were disappointed not to leave Anfield with all three points on Sunday and admits the clash with title rivals Manchester City in two weeks’ time will be a “massive game”.
Having raced to an early two-goal lead at Anfield, the Gunners really should have maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Unfortunately, lapses in concentration at the tail-end of each half ended up proving costly and the subsequent 2-2 draw, coupled with City’s win at Southampton, means the Gunners’ advantage has been cut by two points.
“The boys were really disappointed after the game because we all wanted to win,” the winger told Arsenal.com.
“But we can’t change that so we have to switch the focus to Sunday against West Ham. It’s really important – we all know that – so we’ll try and be ready for the game to give our best and get the three points.
“I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’m satisfied with a point [against Liverpool]. We wanted to go there and get all three so there’s a bit of frustration inside me that we didn’t do that. It’s a stadium I’ve never won at, so I thought that it would be the best opportunity and timing to do it, but we couldn’t do it which is a shame.”
Despite last weekend’s frustration, Saka was quick to point out that Arsenal’s fate is still in their own hands as they chase down a first league title since 2004.
They face West Ham United and Southampton before the trip to the Etihad and know two wins will really turn the screw on Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.
“We know that everything is in our hands and we just have to keep going game by game,” said Saka.
“If we win these last eight games and get some good results, the title can be ours, so we just have to stay focused. It’s a long season and we have to be consistent all the way through, so that’s what we’ll try to do.
“I wouldn’t say [the Man City game] is the final, but maybe the semi-final because it’s massive, and so important as both teams are fighting at the top. It’s really close so it’ll be a massive game.”
Arsenal’s remaining fixtures
West Ham vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Southampton
Man City vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Newcastle vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Brighton
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
Arsenal vs Wolves
Manchester City’s remaining fixtures
Man City vs Leicester City
Bayern vs Man City (UCL 1/4F)
Man City vs Sheffield United (FA Cup 1/2F)
Man City vs Arsenal
Fulham vs Manchester City
Man City vs West Ham
Man City vs Leeds
Possible UCL 1/2F vs Real Madrid/Chelsea
Everton vs Man City
Possible UCL 1/2F vs Real Madrid/ Chelsea
Man City vs Chelsea
Brentford vs Man City
TBC – Brighton vs Man City