EPL: Arteta hails Saka role in Arsenal 0-6 demolition of West Ham at London Stadium

EPL: Arteta hails Saka role in Arsenal 0-6 demolition of West Ham at London Stadium

Arsenal demolished West Ham 6-0 at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League, with Bukayo Saka contributing two of the goals.

Speaking after the victory, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta picked out the England international winger for praise given all the progress he has made at a young age so far in his career. The win keeps Arsenal in the hunt for the league title.

Arsenal ran out 6-0 winners at the London Stadium in their joint-biggest away league win - equalling a 7-1 victory at Aston Villa in 1935 - as they stayed in the title race after beating Liverpool last weekend.

The Gunners appear to have turned the corner after a difficult period midway through the season, and while they will need Liverpool and Manchester City to slip up to claim the title, Arteta was delighted with the performance.

"I'm extremely happy. The way we performed, the way we played. Such a big score in a really difficult place tells you a lot about how well the boys played today," Arteta told Sky Sports.

"It's great to make [club] history, especially the way we have done it. We're in a good moment and we have good moments you have to build and maintain the momentum. The team from the beginning looked sharp.

"We had to put right the last two results against them and that was good motivation for the boys."

Saka atoned for a couple of early glaring misses by bagging a brace to bring up 100 goal involvements in an Arsenal shirt.

Discussing Saka, Arteta said: "When you talk about consistency at his age... what he has done in the last two or three seasons is remarkable. His attitude, his quality, what he delivers every week... it's really difficult to find. That's why he is so important to us."

Declan Rice also got on the scoresheet against his former club, refusing to celebrate after arrowing home a beautiful strike from outside the box.

"It's always difficult to come back to your old club. The fans were good to him. When he went to take the corner they clapped him so it's great to see that kind of reception. He loves this club so much and I know what it meant to him to play today," added Arteta.

"We have to share the goals. That desire and that commitment to get into the box to make things happen was excellent."