Ainsley Maitland-Niles says Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Burnley was ‘tough’ but that a win was very welcome after two consecutive defeats.
Having surrendered their 22-game unbeaten run at Southampton last weekend and then fallen to defeat against Sp*rs in the Carabao Cup, the Gunners knew they couldn’t afford another below-par performance.
They looked nervy when Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit to 2-1 this afternoon before Alex Iwobi’s stoppage-time third put a gloss on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace.
“Especially after losing two games in a row, it’s nice to be back to winning ways,” Maitland-Niles told Arsenal.com.
“It was a scrappy game, but I think the boys dug deep and we got enough goals to secure the win.
“I found the game very tough. Every game is tough, it’s just about the mindset, the manager has always urged us to press and I think we carried that out pretty well today.
“I was just trying to encourage the boys as I go on and I’m just grateful to be out there.
“The games [against Southampton and Tottenham] were over, there was nothing we could do about the last two games, so we focused on this one and look at the result today.”