Arsenal star Bukayo Saka sends huge Tottenham warning in tense Premier League title race


Bukayo Saka has sent a huge Premier League title warning to Tottenham after Arsenal's dominant victory over Sheffield United. Mikel Arteta opted to start Emile Smith Rowe and Jakub Kiwior ahead of Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Magalhaes with the surprising double change paying off as the Gunners strode to a 5-0 triumph.

Eddie Nketiah scored a superb 58-minute hat-trick with late goals from Fabio Vieira and Takehiro Tomiyasu adding gloss to a brilliant team performance. When asked about winning the physical battle, Arteta said: "That shows the mentality and determination and the team wants and how much they have to respect every game and every ball because the influence that every ball in the journey that you have to have throughout a game.

"And they took the game in a really serious way because I gave them on Thursday a big alert because of the context and the difference in the game that we have to play today with the last Man City, Chelsea and Seville game and I'm really happy [how] they approached it."

The day before Arsenal picked up another three points, north London rivals Tottenham extended their lead at the top with a victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Manchester City and Liverpool also kept pace with the league leaders after picking up 3-0 wins against Manchester United and Nottingham Forest, respectively.

After the game, Saka discussed the five-star display of the Gunners after he led Arsenal out as captain in the absence of Odegaard with a clear warning to their title rivals. Saka, as quoted by The Sun, said: “There is another level for us to go to and we are pushing. Scoring five goals on Saturday shows we are getting closer. It’s the first time this season we have scored five so we are really proud and happy.”

Before a huge clash against Newcastle this Saturday, Arsenal will travel to London Stadium for a Carabao Cup clash against West Ham. Given his recent injury issues, combined with his absence from the previous rounds 1-0 win over Brentford, a rest for Saka is expected with Reiss Nelson among those pushing for a start, however Arteta was coy on whether or not he would make significant team changes.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Arteta said: "Nothing. We just have to beat West Ham. It’s a competition that we have the chance to progress and win a trophy and our mindset has to be focused on West Ham." Arsenal WhatsApp channel

Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's recent Premier League victory over Manchester City

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