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Saka says Arsenal ‘smelled blood’ in record-breaking West Ham win

Bukayo Saka said Arsenal ‘smelled blood’ in their record-breaking 6-0 win at West Ham on Sunday.

Arsenal secured their biggest ever Premier League away win after a ruthless six-goal performance at the London Stadium.

The Gunners moved within two points of leaders Liverpool with an emphatic performance that saw Arsenal race into a four-goal lead at half-time.

 

William Saliba headed in an opener from Declan Rice’s corner kick, before Bukayo Saka won and converted a penalty to double the lead. Arsenal then capitalised on more poor West Ham defending as Gabriel turned in from Rice’s free-kick and Leandro Trossard made it 4-0 at the break.

Thousands of West Ham fans headed for the exits at the interval in protest at the performance, but Arsenal refused to let up after the break.

Saka’s second made it five, and Rice completed the scoring with a stunning sixth as the former West Ham captain netted a spectacular goal from distance on his return to the London Stadium.

“We were 4-0 up in the first half and we could have scored more,” Saka said to Sky Sports.

“We smelled blood today and went for the kill.”

Saka’s first goal saw him net his 50th in all competitions in an Arsenal shirt and the winger said he was delighted to pass that goalscoring milestone.

 

“I am really happy to achieve that. I missed some chances that I could have scored but it is a great achievement and I am proud of that.”

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard also gave his view on the performance and said the Gunners dominated from start to finish.

“Brilliant performance. From start to end we dominated and controlled everything. Today, we were really sharp in front of goal. I’m proud of the team. Coming from a big game [against Liverpool] and a big win and backing it up today with a great performance.

“We are focusing on ourselves. We don’t care too much about the other teams. We keep working hard. It’s a good win but we move on.”

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