Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal star ‘can do more’ despite 5-0 Burnley win | Football | Sport

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Bukayo Saka can “do more” despite scoring twice in his team’s 5-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday. Saka scored a second successive Premier League brace as the Gunners blew the Clarets away.

Arteta was thrilled with his team’s relentless pursuit of goals as they secured their fifth consecutive top-flight win amid their title race with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Martin Odegaard kicked off the scoring within the first four minutes against struggling Burnley which was followed by Saka’s double and goals from Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz.

Asked about the in-form Saka, 22, who now has five goals in his last four league games, Arteta said: “We tried with our players to make them unpredictable and I’m sure the opponents are looking at us a lot, and we have to find ways to create them problems.

“He’s got this ability and he trains a lot in many different situations in and around the box, and today he had two brilliant finishes again. We already see him [as a senior player], especially [among the] forward players.

“Wingers with a level of consistency and numbers [he has] is something really strange to find, but it’s not a coincidence, that’s for sure. When you look at him every single day, the way he trains, the way he applies himself, the qualities that he has, and he can do more.”

The Londoners’ impressive performance comes hot on the heels of last weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of West Ham, leaving Arteta extremely pleased with his players’ determination and hunger for more.

“I’m really happy with the performance, the result, and the individual and collective contributions of each player,” said the Arsenal boss. “It was very, very good. And the fact that the team looked like it wanted more.

“We weren’t satisfied. They wanted to score more, they didn’t want to concede a goal. I’m really pleased to see such consistency.”

When asked if he was more pleased with the team’s domination than the recent goals, Arteta responded: “Yes. We want to dominate games and play in the opponent’s half as much as possible. I think the threat, the purpose, the activity and the connections between the players are flowing and they really want it.

“We have momentum now and we need to maintain it. Now we leave the Premier League, we go to Porto which will be a really tough environment, so just prepare to play well again and be ourselves.”

Arsenal are off to Portugal for a Champions League round of 16 first leg against Porto this Wednesday. They then return to Premier League action at home to Newcastle next Saturday.


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