Mikel Arteta was quick to praise his team’s efficiency in front of goal as Arsenal secured the north London bragging rights with an impressive 3-1 win against Sp*rs.
The Gunners repeatedly cut through the visitors in a thrilling first half as Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all got on the scoresheet.
Despite Son’s late consolation, the boss was rightly pleased with a performance that hinted that his squad are, finally, moving in the right direction.
Asked whether today was the day his ‘project went bang’, he said: “Well certainly, I think we all agree that we saw a team that convinced from the beginning, with good energy and high rhythm, with a lot of quality, great cohesion and understanding of what we wanted to do with and without the ball.
“Then we were super efficient. That is something we have been lacking in the final third, the right pass, the shot to hit the target more and I think we did that all really well in the first half.”
The atmosphere at north London derbies rarely disappoints and today was no different. The home fans were deafening before, during and after the game in a show of support for players who’ve owed them a big performance.
“It is one of the nicest things I have experienced in this stadium,” said Arteta. “To win it, to win it in the way that we did, and to feel that connection with the team and the supporters made it really special.
“I am proud of the way we played and I’m even more proud of the way we were able to give something back to the fans because they really stuck behind the team.”
He added: “I think when we didn’t have [fans] we missed it. It’s impossible to attract people and to connect with what we are trying to do if we don’t have fans, if we don’t have our supporters here.
“It’s such a different thing when you sense that they believe, that they are willing to support and we want to entertain them and play in a way that they can be proud and that happens at the same time. That’s why I think we are all enjoying and that we’re really happy today with what we’ve seen.”