Cuco Martina said it was an “unbelievable feeling” to score his first goal for Southampton in the 4-0 win against Arsenal.
The defender became the first Curaçao international to score in the Barclays Premier League when he fired home brilliantly from distance to open the scoring against the Gunners.
The goal set Saints on their way to a fantastic win against Arsene Wenger’s side, and Martina found it difficult to sum up his emotions after scoring.
“I don’t have words – it was an unbelievable feeling,” Martina told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “I saw the ball go in and I thought ‘oh my god’.
“It was a great feeling, for sure. I shoot and after the goal everything was slow motion for me. I was so happy, so happy.
“I score I think three goals in my whole life and that’s the nicest one.
“I’m very happy to have scored and I’m very happy that the coach gave me a chance. I need to improve to keep playing there and I’m very happy for the chance.”
And Martina revealed a message from one of Saints’ backroom team in the week may have played a part. “Jamie (Ireland, Kit & Equipment Assistant) said he would clean my boots for a goal. I said okay, and I scored a great goal.”
Speaking about the performance against the Gunners, Martina added: “We fight for each other and we work as a team. That is Southampton.
“You saw that we worked as a team and we fought for each other – that was our gameplan.
“Everyone knows that Arsenal are a great team and to get a clean sheet is great. We are very happy with the win.
“That will give us a good boost to push and to keep that same level in the next game.”