Saka’s first goal came as Martinelli broke on the counter and dribbled from the halfway line before crossing to the back post where the England man was able to tap home. Arsenal icon Paul Merson claimed it was similar to how Chelsea forward Sterling has made his name in becoming more of a goalscorer during his time at Manchester City, as Saka’s movement was likened to that of his Three Lions teammate.
“Great play by Martinelli but that’s made his mind up,” Merson told Sky Sports after Saka’s first goal. “Because Trent Alexander-Arnold’s made that run to go and cut him, he’s got to cut back, great goal by Saka. I’ve seen it for years, Raheem Sterling on the far post tapping in, ‘that’s easy’… but no one else was there.
“Everyone of the players is playing with a lot of confidence, they’re playing to the best of ability and they’re taking advantage of it. There’s a long way to go but they’ve played three big teams, got beat by [Manchester] United but beat Tottenham and Liverpool so can’t talk highly of the team.”
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Saka admitted that the Gunners are full of confidence after recent wins over Liverpool and north London rivals Tottenham. “The last two, three years, Liverpool have been a team who we’ve struggled against.
“To win in front of our fans is special, it shows how much we’re progressing, we want to continue performing like this because we’ll achieve good things,” Saka told BT Sport.
“It gives us more confidence. They’re a fantastic team, we have a lot of respect for them. I thought we deserved to go in at half-time with the lead, it was crucial and I was happy with that.”