Bukayo Saka has issued a warning to Manchester City, stating that Arsenal has ‘learned their lessons’ from last season, when they crumbled during the final few weeks of the Premier League title race…

Bukayo Saka has warned Manchester City that Arsenal have ‘learned their lessons’ from last season, when they crumbled during the final few weeks of the Premier League title race.

Bukayo Saka has cautioned Manchester City that Arsenal have taken note of their mistakes from the previous season, where they faltered in the final weeks of the Premier League title race.

The Gunners demonstrated great composure on Sunday by holding off a second-half comeback from local rivals Tottenham to secure a 3-2 victory in the north London derby.

The competition at the top is intense, with this season’s title race now primarily between City and Arsenal following Liverpool’s draw against West Ham. Arsenal managed to secure a crucial win over Spurs to temporarily move four points ahead.

 

In the 2022/23 season, Arsenal faced a difficult period of poor form at a critical juncture, allowing City to close the gap and secure their third consecutive Premier League title under Pep Guardiola. Nonetheless, Saka has cautioned City not to anticipate a similar collapse this season.

 

“City is an exceptional team, but they are not flawless, no one is,” stated the English international in an interview with Sky Sports.

 

“There is little margin for error. With our accumulated experience and lessons learned from the previous year, we are better equipped this season. While today’s match could have resulted in a draw, we are more confident now. After the game, we will analyze it on the bus and remain optimistic for the outcome.”

 

Arsenal took an early advantage with a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg own goal, giving them a three-goal lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Saka then joined in on the action, scoring a goal after a brilliant through ball from Kai Havertz.

 

Havertz, who had an outstanding individual performance, went from provider to scorer as he headed in a corner kick. Despite a halftime team talk from Ange Postecoglou that rallied Spurs, Cristian Romero capitalized on David Raya’s mistake to bring them back into the game.

 

In the end, Son Heung-min scored a powerful penalty, putting Arsenal under pressure. However, Mikel Arteta’s team displayed determination and resilience, ensuring they will finish the weekend at the top of the table, regardless of Manchester City’s result against Forest.

 

Saka expressed, “The previous 20 minutes were not pleasant, but they were definitely worth it. We were aware that it’s a significant derby, and once they scored a goal, the crowd became energized and the momentum shifted in their favor. I feel proud of the team for accomplishing the task.

During that time, everything was quite chaotic, and we just needed to remain calm. We understand the significance of this victory for both the fans and ourselves. It holds immense value, and we acknowledge that this win is crucial for us. With three games remaining, we must strive for perfection.”

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