4 standout players from Arsenal's 6-0 win over West Ham

  • Declan Rice dominated his old team as Arsenal demolished West Ham 6-0 away, but the midfielder got sterling support from a brilliant attacking trio led by Bukayo Saka
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4. Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka
Saka scored twice after missing several early chances / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Saka's the gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think he's reached his elite ceiling, there's more to come. More in the form of 100 goal involvements in his still-fledgling Arsenal career, per Orbinho.

Two goals against West Ham, added to opening the scoring against Liverpool, confirm Saka has hit his goalscoring stride for the business end of the season. That's great news with both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League still in play.

There was never any doubt about Saka's continued technical excellence. Nor his uncanny control over his athletic gifts.

Saka modulates his pace better than any flying winger in the top flight. He knows when to turn a brisk jog into a sudden sprint. Just like he knows how to ease off the acceleration and control his run to meet the right pass in the right way.

Every movement Saka makes is thoughtful and precise. Those words also describe his neat first touch, varied passing radar and composed finishing.

Saka is what Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling would have been if either had ever cultivated top-level technique. It means Arsenal's No. 7 is a complete attacking force. One West Ham couldn't handle.

Neither can the rest of the league.