Mikel Arteta was a happy man at the end of our 2-1 win over West Ham this evening, but with the result, not the performance. He spoke to Sky Sports about it after the final whistle, and this is what he had to say.
The performance versus the result.
I am really happy with the three points, and it’s a game to analyse properly because we have a lot of issues that we created ourselves in many moments. It reminded me of the game we played against them last season, we let them run.
There is no structure in the world that can sustain when someone has the ball completely free and gives it to the opponent. So, we have to improve in many things.
Do you feel you got away with it?
Yes, but I think we created enough chances to win the game, but we conceded too many chances that were our fault. Basically we scored two wonder goals again, I think. What I like is the approach in the last 25 minutes when I could see them going a little bit down, they lifted it up and probably a few months ago we would have drawn or lost that game – today we won it.
At the end you have to find a way because throughout the season you’re going to have games like this. I know David really well and the kind of games he proposes – they are hard to beat.
Does it underline the quality Arsenal have in attack?
Absolutely, and we don’t want to rely on that too much. There are some processes that need to be done better and today we had, in many moments, problems to resolve some situations. But again, we always look a threat because of the players we have up front.
Sending on Eddie who scored – is that a manager’s dream?
We know what Eddie can bring. He’s a goalscorer, he has a great sense of where the ball is going to land. It was a really good combination and … three points.
Is there satisfaction from taking all three points when you know you can play better?
Yes, but again I always said it’s not going to go like that [upwards gesture] and we need games like this as well to understand the things we need to do better. But probably they trained the best week since I’ve been here in terms of understanding what the game requires and positions with the ball, but in the first 15 minutes are the worst we’ve played with the ball since I’ve been here.