ukayo Saka insisted Arsenal usually are not trying too far forward into 2023, although admitted the Gunners have a “great opportunity” within the Premier League title race.
Victory over Brighton within the closing top-flight match of the yr moved Arsenal seven factors clear on the high of the desk, as Mikel Arteta’s aspect took full benefit of Manchester Metropolis’s draw with Everton earlier within the day.
Arsenal have received 14 of their 16 Premier League matches up to now this season, the one defeat coming away to Manchester United, and proceed to point out no indicators of slowing down.
Whereas a title race appears to be like to be very a lot on the playing cards, Saka was eager to maintain the concentrate on extra fast targets after the match.
“At the start of the season if you had asked us if we want this, we’d bite your hands off so we’re very happy,” Saka instructed Sky Sports activities.
He added: “It’s a great opportunity we have and it’s a great place we’ve put ourselves in.
“But we’re not focused on that right now, we just want to continue to focus on the next game because we know how good Newcastle have been playing. That’s our only focus right now.”
Saka put Arsenal in entrance on the Amex Stadium with barely a minute on the clock, earlier than Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah put the guests in full management.
Targets from Kaoru Mitoma and Evan Ferguson gave Brighton a sniff of a second-half comeback, although Gabriel Martinelli’s strike in between these slowed the Seagulls’ cost.
There have been some sudden nervy moments for Arsenal late within the match as they seemed barely panicked on the again, a interval their captain needs the group to study from.
“We need to control the game a little bit better,” Odegaard stated.
“We let them into the game twice there. They’re a difficult team to play against, very good on the ball.
“I think we can do better in some parts of the game.”
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