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´We fought until the end´ – Saka ´delighted´ as Arsenal withstand late Spurs surge

SoccerNews in English Premier League 28 Apr 2024

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Bukayo Saka saluted Arsenal’s fighting spirit as they withstood a late Tottenham revival to claim all three points in the north London derby.

Mikel Arteta’s side prevailed 3-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to extend their lead at the Premier League summit to four points over second-place Manchester City with three matches remaining, though the Citizens still have two games in hand.

The Gunners surged into a 3-0 lead before half-time with Saka and Kai Havertz on target after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s own-goal broke the deadlock.

The winger’s 15th goal of the season – his highest tally during a single term – saw him become the first English player to score home and away for Arsenal against Tottenham in the same Premier League campaign since Ian Wright in 1993-94.

However, the visitors given a late scare with Cristian Romero pouncing on David Raya’s error to pull a goal back, before Heung-Min Son’s 87th-minute penalty set up a grandstand finish.

Nevertheless, they held on for three points and, though the destiny of the title is out of their hands, their challenge remains very much alive.

“The last 20 minutes weren’t nice, but it was worth it,” Saka told Sky Sports.

“We know it’s a big derby, and they don’t want to lose 3-0 at home. Once they got one goal, the crowd were up and the momentum shifted their way. But I’m proud of the boys. We fought until the end, and got the three points.

“We showed our level heads at the end, and I’m proud to get the win. We know what it means to the fans and to us, so we’re delighted.

“This is a massive win for us. We’ve got three [matches] to go, we’re going to give it everything. City are an amazing team, but they’re not perfect – nobody’s perfect, they can drop points. We just need to do our job and see where it leads us.”

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