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Bukayo Saka describes how he sees Arsenal title race against Manchester City

Arsenal winger has described his feelings about the Premier League title race this season against Manchester City with two games to go

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Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka has reflected on the team’s resolve following last season’s title disappointment, as they strive to go the extra mile this year. However, the Gunners may find solace in the challenge, despite the looming threat of another heartbreak on the final day, if Manchester City maintains their customary brinkmanship.

Saka has been instrumental in Arsenal’s current ascent to the Premier League summit, contributing the most goals (16), assists (nine), and touches in the opposition box (280). With their fate hinging on the outcome of their clash against crisis-laden Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, Arsenal brace for a potential title showdown.

Yet, Saka emphasises the team’s enthusiasm for the nail-biting journey rather than succumbing to frustration or anxiety. He remarks, “You can see it in two ways: You can either view it as frustrating or as a beautiful challenge.”

Acknowledging Manchester City’s dominance, Saka asserts Arsenal’s determination to vie for the top spot, spurred by the pain of previous setbacks. He highlights the squad’s youth, hunger, and quality, buoyed by strengthened resolve and reinforced by new signings.

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“Everybody knows they (City) are one of the best teams in the world and they have been on top for five years, challenging for everything, so for ourselves to be up there competing with them is good. We’e pushing them the whole way, and let’s see what happens.

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“But we are not getting frustrated – we see it as a challenge that we want to fight until the end. They have set a standard and it’s up to the rest of us to try and be better than them. The pain of last year has brought together and we are so hungry to go one step further this year – but also in future years, too.

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“We are young, we are hungry, we’ve got quality and we have many more years ahead of us and we’ll have lots of experiences together. The end of last season has made us stronger, made us hungrier and the squad is a lot stronger, too.

“The new signings have had a big impact. We have been so consistent this year, not conceded many goals, only lost once in the league, so we want to continue that.”

However, Saka’s stellar performance hasn’t come without its challenges. Despite being the Premier League’s most-fouled player, with Arsenal even lodging an official complaint for more protection, Saka remains resilient. Reflecting on his growth, he notes his increased physicality and strategic acumen to navigate challenges on the field.

“I try to avoid the big tackles, so I think I’m much smarter now, as well as being more physical. It’s just the hunger to win that keeps me going — that’s why I keep getting up. It’s part of it.

“I feel like I’m physically much stronger than I was four or five years ago. I’ve got more experience now, in terms of knowing which tackles to go through and which ones to jump. If I stay on the floor, then it can disrupt the momentum we’ve built up, so I just try to get on with it.”

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