Saka has 'more' to offer after brace in West Ham win

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Saka has 'more' to offer after brace in West Ham win

Bukayo Saka insists he has “more” to offer from a goal-scoring perspective this season after scoring his 12th and 13th goals of the campaign in Arsenal’s 6-0 win over West Ham.

“I have my own targets,” he said after his brace at the London Stadium. “I know the media like to compare players a lot but I just try to stay in my own lane and stay focused on what I wanted to achieve at the start of the season. I’m still going and I’ve got quite a few more to go.”

The 22-year-old has now scored 51 goals for Arsenal, reaching double figures in each of the last three seasons. His form in front of goal has picked up since the turn of the year, with the England international scoring four goals in four league games in 2024.

Saka doubled Arsenal’s lead at West Ham with a penalty in the first half. It was his third spot-kick of 2023-24, but held significance after he missed from 12 yards at the same ground during Arsenal’s title run in last year.

“If you’re going to be a penalty taker, I don’t know any that scores every single one,” he said. “I’m not happy to miss but it’s part of the game so when I won the penalty I wanted to take it again and score.”

“I’ve had many lessons in my career and the best choice is to learn and take as many pros and cons to make you stronger.”

That penalty made Saka the youngest Arsenal player to reach a half century of goals for the club since Frank Stapleton in 1978. He has been equally effective as a creative outlet, with 12 assists in all competitions this season.

His next chance to add to these tallies comes when Arsenal take on Burnley at Turf Moor on February 17.

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