Saka scores first Premier League goal as Arsenal close in on Champions League spot

Bukayo Saka
photo credit: Twitter/Arsenal

Teenage sensation Bukayo Saka scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 2-0 away Victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Gunners went into the game in 8th position, six points behind Wolves who are in sixth place.

Saka gave Arsenal the lead in the 43rd minutes, as the ball dropped to him after Kieran Tierney’s cross was slightly deflected by Wolves defender and he beautifully hit a half volley to beat Rui Patricio.

Wolves came back in the second half looking dangerous but substitute Joe Willock and Alexander Lacazette combined to secure all three points for Arsenal, with the French striker scoring his 10th goal of the season.

The goal was Saka’s fourth of the season. He has 10 assists in 34 appearances this season, making him the second most productive player for Arsenal, having a hand in 14 goals.

Wolves had been hoping to build on an impressive restart to the season but knew the pressure was on to win after fellow top-four contenders Leicester City and Manchester United recorded victories before kick-off at Molineux.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Saka said “it has been a week I will remember for my whole life.”

 “It is very big. We know how good Wolves are and how tough it was going to be. We fought for every ball and it is good to build some momentum.

“It has been a week I will remember for my whole life. You can see the manager is building.

“I am 18 and it has been a dream to play for this club. I have to take it game by game. Wherever the boss wants to put me, I want to play.”

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are now 7th on the table, 6 points behind in-form Manchester United in 5th place, 3 behind Wolves in six.

Arsenal won an away Premier League game against a team that started the day higher in the table for the first time since September 2015.

The Gunners keep three successive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since November 2017.

Fifth place might just be enough to qualify any team to the Uefa Champions League, if Manchester City fails in their appeal against Uefa’s European football ban.

Arsenal will host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday by 8.15pm, while Wolves travel to Sheffield United on Wednesday by 6pm.


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