Saka says Arsenal's title collapse 'hurts' but fans should be excited

Bukayo Saka admits Arsenal’s title collapse ‘hurts a lot’ but insists fans should be ‘excited for the future’ after committing his future to the Gunners until 2027

  • Arsenal’s title challenge folded in the final weeks of the Premier League season 
  • Man City were crowned champions after Arsenal’s 1-0 loss by Nottingham Forest
  • Bukayo Saka believes fans should be positive despite missing out on the title

Bukayo Saka has admitted the collapse of Arsenal’s title challenge ‘hurts a lot’ but the star insists the squad has time on its side in its pursuit of major honours.

The Gunners had led the title race heading into the run-in, but a dip in form allowed Manchester City to storm past in the final weeks of the campaign.

Mikel Arteta’s side held an eight-point lead in March but they were overtaken by eventual winners City.

City were crowned champions for the fifth time in six seasons on Sunday, following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest the previous day.

The defeat meant Arsenal had earned just nine points from a possible 24 across their last eight Premier League games.

Arsenal’s title challenge folded in the final weeks of the season following a poor run of form

Manchester City capitalised on the collapse to secure a fifth Premier League title in six years

Saka admitted the way Arsenal’s title challenge ended ‘hurts’ but is optimistic for the future

Saka admitted the nature of the collapse hurt a lot, but the Arsenal winger told Gunner’s legend Ian Wright that fans should still be optimistic about the future.    

‘Speaking about this season, it hurts a lot, it really hurts so much to even think about,’ Saka said.

‘How we’ve ended the season and what could have been, but one thing I can say is since the last two or three years that I’ve been playing I’ve seen this team and the club grow. We’re going in the right direction.

‘One thing that the club, the fans, everyone around us can be excited about it that obviously we are going in the right direction if you look at the past two or three years.

‘I think when the dust settles and all the negative emotions are out, I think everyone can look at us and be excited for the future.

‘Time is on our side, you can look at our team, like a lot of the players are young.

‘We’re hungry, a lot of us haven’t won at Arsenal, so we want to achieve big things. We want to win and we want to win here.’

Saka’s comments followed the England star signing a new contract at Arsenal, with the winger committing his future to the club until 2027.

The Arsenal winger has committed his future to the club after signing a new deal until 2027

Saka has insisted Arsenal fans should be optimistic with the team heading in the right direction

His new contract is worth close to £15million a year, taking into account bonuses and other linked payments.

Saka is among a group of young players Arsenal have worked hard to tie down.

Winger Gabriel Martinelli, 21, and centre back Gabriel Magalhaes, 25, signed new contracts earlier in the year, and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 25, announced his extension last week.

Talks continue over a new deal for French defender William Saliba, 22, whose absence though injury has hit the Gunners hard in the closing weeks of the campaign.

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