‘He always brings energy’: Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette joke boss turned ball boy Mikel Arteta can claim the assist on Arsenal’s third goal in Watford win… as the Gunners move into the Champions League places
- Arsenal secured a 3-2 win over Watford to move into the Premier League top four
- Boss Mikel Arteta played ball boy to help the Gunners score their third goal
- Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette feel Arteta deserved to get the assist
Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette agree that boss Mikel Arteta could be awarded an assist for their third goal as they beat Watford 3-2 on Sunday.
Martin Odegaard opened the scoring for the Gunners in the fifth minute, Cucho Hernandez brought it back to level terms shortly after, before Bukayo Saka gave them a 2-1 lead.
Seven minutes into the second half they stretched ahead with a third, scored by Gabriel Martinelli after another piercing, one-touch move.
Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka (left) and Alexandre Lacazette (right) agree that boss Mikel Arteta could be awarded an assist for their third goal
Arteta (pictured) played such a vital role in Gabriel Martinell’s goal against Watford with his quick reactions
Boss Arteta rushed to the ball that went out of play, passing it off to England international Saka, and his quick throw passed from Cedric Soares to Odergaard to Lacazette.
The Frenchman nursed it back towards Martinelli and he found the top corner of the net from just outside the penalty box.
Moussa Sissoko did reduce the deficit to make it 3-2 in the 87th minute and create a nervy finish.
Martinelli (pictured) picked out the top corner for the Gunners third goal after Arteta’s quick throw to Saka
‘He always bring energy on the pitch for us even though he’s off it,’ Saka told Sky Sports.
‘Immediately the ball went out, he went to grab it and threw it, saying quick, quick, quick, so we played a quick throw in and from that we scored the third goal.
‘It was a very good finish from Gabi.’
Lacazette added: ‘We can give to him, he’ll be happy.’
Alexandre Lacazette (pictured) claims that boss Arteta will be ‘happy’ with the assist
Saka himself notched his ninth goal of the season in the match while also picking up an assist.
The 20-year-old was keen to heap praise on his Arsenal team-mates for the way he is performing this campaign.
‘I feel very good, it’s not just me, it’s thanks to all my team-mates. I really enjoy playing, I feel like everything is flowing, we just need to continue like this.
Saka (pictured) notched his ninth goal of the season, but was quick to heap praise on his Gunners team-mates
‘Every game we have the mentality that it is a cup final and if we continue like this, we can achieve our goals at the end of the season.’
Forward Lacazette is also complimentary of his fellow attackers and believes they have struck up good chemistry.
‘I’m really confident and happy to play with them, we talk a lot in training, and the goal he scored was something we have been talking about. I’m happy that we score like this.
Arsenal are now fourth in the Premier League after sealing a 3-2 victory over Watford
Arsenal are now fourth in the Premier League, with three games in hand on fifth place Manchester United, as they head into the final stretch of the season.
‘Of course this is our dream to be in top four and playing Champions League football, we have to stay focused and humble for now, and speak about it at the end of the season,’ Saka said.
‘We started really well, we got the first goal, they got one back but after that we controlled the game for a bit.
‘In the end we conceded and it got a bit difficult.’