'Mikel is bringing back the Arsenal passing way'

Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka

It was a victory made in Hale End on Monday night as goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah helped us to a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.

Afterwards the youngsters faced the media to discuss the match, our performance, their goals and more. This is what they said:

on the victory…
EN: I think we started really sharp, played some great football, everyone was at it pressing and I think they found it very hard to get out. I think it was a great start and towards the end they came back into it a bit, but the resilience we showed was excellent and it’s what we’ve been building on with Mikel. Everyone’s fighting for each other, working hard and it’s great to get through to the next round. 

on his goal…
EN: I knew because we’ve been practising that a lot in training and Bukayo [Saka] was open and he did really well to get down and I made sure I got in the box and in the right place and thankfully it went in. 

on scoring…
BS: Mikel’s trying to bring back the philosophy, the Arsenal passing way and I feel like we played really good football in the first half, not so much in the second half because we tried to control the game and manage momentum. In the first half we played some good bits of football and the goal obviously was very good.

on his relationship with Martinelli…
BS: We train a lot together and we speak a lot and we’re good friends. Over time we’re speaking about how we’re going to beat the defenders and how we’re going to get in behind and score goals.

on returning to Arsenal…
EN: It’s nice to be back, I had a great experience at Leeds and I learned a lot. The boss was really happy with what he saw from me so obviously I want to play for Arsenal and it’s a dream to play for Arsenal. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m happy to be back and it’s nice to get back out there. 

on facing Portsmouth…
EN: It’s nice to be through to the next round. We’re going to prepare and recover well and we’ve got games in between and we’re going to focus on that and hopefully keep building the momentum and keep going. 

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