Mikel Arteta has acknowledged that his team weren’t at their best in the 1-0 win over West Ham, but dismissed the idea that Arsenal were lucky.
The Arsenal boss believes that a goalkeeper making a good save – as Bernd Leno did more than once – is down to the quality he has more than chance, and he insisted that big teams ensure they find a way to win a game on days when things don’t always go according to plan.
It took a late VAR review to un-disallow Alexandre Lacazette’s strike, set up by Mesut Ozil, and the manager was pleased with his side’s third successive Premier League win, and sixth from eight in all competitions.
Asked if he thought it was a lucky day for Arsenal, Arteta said, “I don’t believe a lot in fortune.
“We had the moments of luck that we needed but as well it was because we had some really good individual performances at the back. Sometimes to clear the ball, sometimes to make a save.
“I’m really happy with the result because big teams find a way. When they don’t have the best day – which is obvious that it wasn’t our best day in terms of performance – they find a way to win it and you can build from there and learn and take the positives and the negatives in a much better way.
“But the unity, solidarity and desire of the players are showing, at the end it pays a price, it didn’t pay a price a few days ago against Olympiacos here but it did today and football is like this.”