...By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
Arsenal’s talented winger, Bukayo Saka, has expressed his disappointment at losing the English Premier League title for the 2022-2023 season to Manchester City.
In an interview with Arsenal’s former player Ian Wright, which aired on Premier League Extra, Saka discussed the team’s feelings following their defeat.
The Title-Sealing Defeat:
Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the Premier League title were shattered with a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on May 20.
This defeat, prior to their match against Chelsea on May 21, confirmed Manchester City’s championship victory.
Despite a 1-0 triumph at the Etihad Stadium, Arsenal’s earlier loss had already decided the outcome.
A Season of Mixed Results:
Coach Mikel Arteta and his team had occupied the top spot in the Premier League table for over 200 days.
However, their title aspirations slipped away in the closing weeks of the season, as they managed only two wins in their last eight matches.
Saka reflected on the disappointing end to the season and the missed opportunities.
Saka’s Heartache and Optimism:
Speaking about the team’s performance, the British-Nigerian football star expressed his deep disappointment, stating that it was painful to contemplate how the season had concluded and what could have been.
Nonetheless, Saka emphasized the growth of the team and the club over the past few years.
He highlighted the youth and hunger of the players, many of whom have yet to win trophies at Arsenal, and expressed their determination to achieve significant success in the future.
Saka’s Contributions and Future:
Bukayo Saka, who recently extended his contract with Arsenal until June 30, 2027, has been one of the standout players for the Gunners.
In the 2022-2023 season, the 21-year-old England international has made significant contributions, scoring 14 goals and providing 11 assists in 47 games across all competitions.
Saka’s individual achievements demonstrate his importance to the team and his potential for further growth and success in the seasons to come.