The victory was Arsenal ‘s joint-biggest away from home in the league and their first win by a six goal margin since they beat Aston Villa 7-1 back in December 1935. Saka, meanwhile, bagged a brace in the thumping win and became the youngest player to reach 50 goals for Arsenal since Frank Stapleton in 1978.
However, the 22-year-old was left frustrated at not scoring a hat trick. When asked about reaching the landmark after the game, Saka told Sky Sports: ” We were 4-0 up in the first half and I think we could’ve scored many more, including myself, but we still smelt blood and went for the kill.
“We’re happy. To be honest, I’m really happy to achieve that [50 goals], but not sure I can be happy today. I missed some chances that I thought I could’ve scored. But obviously it’s a great achievement, so I’m proud of that.”
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, however, was full of praise for Saka and was quick to highlight just how important he is to the team’s success. “What he’s done in the last two or three seasons is remarkable,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“His attitude, his quality and what he delivers every week is really difficult to find and that’s why he’s so important for us. It’s great to make history and especially the way we’ve done it and the way we played.
“We are in a good moment and when you have good moments you have to build and maintain the momentum.” David Moyes, meanwhile, cut a forlorn figure after the game with West Ham now seven games without a win in all competitions.
“It was one of those days which you don’t want to happen very often and it happened today,” Moyes told Sky Sports. “It’s nothing like my teams in the past, it’s not like any of my teams here at West Ham so I’ll take a bit of time to look at it, see if I can fix it.
“I take the responsibility, I pick the team, but the players have to take responsibility. If you’re not fronting up, you’re not tackling, turning your back or not winning headers etc; all of those things are part of the job.
“Arsenal were very good. We mustn’t take that away, they were very good today. We weren’t good.”
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