Mikel Arteta says that his team are being rewarded for the effort they’re putting in, after the 2-0 win over Wolves this evening.
The Arsenal boss has got his team back on track after two defeats following the lockdown, and we’ve now won four in a row.
It’s clear this team is very much a work in progress, something Arteta is conscious of, and he knows they can’t dominate the opposition right now, so have to find another way to get results.
Speaking afterwards, he said, “I think the reason we can win against any team is because at the moment we are enjoying suffering together.
“In difficult moments, if you can enjoy doing that then you will get rewarded because we have the ability afterwards to hurt teams.
“At the moment, we don’t have the ability to batter teams for 95 minutes. If you are not able to do that you have to be very able to compete and be a team.
“A team means that the 11 who started and all of the subs really make a difference in the game.”
It was the Gunners fifth away game in the six they’ve played so far, a gruelling schedule by any standards, but the boss is not out to make any excuses for his players and the physical effort they have to put.
Asked if the fixture congestion was going to impact his team, he said, “I don’t want to talk about that, it’s all in our head.
“We have everybody ready. You can see the players on the bench, how ready they are to come and make an impact.
“It’s clear that we have to rotate the players if we want to get the maximum and we have to protect them as well.
“Whoever is available is welcome and we will use him.”