Bukayo Sakas honest interview after Newcastle loss shows his elite mentality
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Bukayo Saka gave an honest interview after Arsenal’s devestating loss to Newcastle.
Following the 2-0 defeat at St James’ Park, the England international aired his frustration that the Gunners failed to take their opportunities.
The London side are tussling with their fiercest rivals Tottenham over a top-four spot – but they failed to capitalise on their one-point advantage by losing to Eddie Howe’s men. A win would have seen them move above Spurs into a Champions League place with one game remaining, but now it's likely that the Gunners will be playing Europa League football next season instead following the defeat.
And after the loss, Saka, 20, delivered a brutally honest assessment of how poorly the Arsenal players performed.
“From the start, we lost every duel,” he said via DAZN. “We couldn't play out from the back well. Overall the performance was just so poor. Obviously, we’re all very disappointed. Technically it’s not over, but we have made it really difficult for ourselves. We had it [Champions League football] in our hands, if we let it slip it will be such a disappointment, I think if we don’t get it, we will be so gutted.
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When asked if the defeat was down to the side being one of the youngest in the Premier League, Saka replied: “We are young but I think we have to take our opportunities, it doesn’t matter about your age, if there’s an opportunity, you have to take it, and we failed to do that. “
An own-goal from Ben White plus Bruno Guimaraes’ late strike sealed the win for the Magpies, who had nothing to play for other than ambitions of a top-ten finish.
Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, criticised his team-mates after their performance. "If someone isn't ready for this game, stay at home," he said. "It doesn't matter your age. If you're nervous, stay on the bench or stay at home. You need people to come here and play. It's one of the most important games for us. We're feeling very disappointed for the people who came over here."
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