Premier League: Arsenal hit West Ham for six as Man United beat Villa to close gap
Mikel Arteta hailed the performances of Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice after Arsenal thrashed West Ham 6-0 at the London Stadium.
Saka scored twice and Rice also found the net against his former club as the Gunners cruised to their biggest away win in the Premier League, with William Saliba, Gabriel and Leandro Trossard supplying the other goals.
Arteta's side stay third but are now behind second-placed Manchester City only on goals scored after wiping out a six-goal deficit on a memorable afternoon at the London Stadium.
“It’s great to make history and especially the way we’ve done it and the way we played,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“We are in a good moment and when you have good moments you have to build and maintain the momentum.
“What [Saka's] done in the last two or three seasons is remarkable. His attitude, his quality and what he delivers every week is really difficult to find and that’s why he’s so important for us.
“It's always difficult to come back to your old club," added Arteta about Rice. "The fans were really 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.”
A stunning first half saw the Gunners race into a 4-0 lead, thanks to goals from Saliba, Gabriel, Saka and Trossard, leaving the home crowd stunned.
5️⃣1️⃣ club goals
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ goal contributions
A landmark afternoon for our Bukayo