Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Leicester at the Emirates this evening. Here’s what he had to say.
You were looking for improvement before the game, was this is it in that performance?
Absolutely. I think without that performance we don’t beat Leicester. I think they are really good side, they made it tough for us today. We had to raise the level that we showed against Watford, that was something we did today in every aspect of the game, I think, and it’s big win for us.
Leicester got a foothold in the first half.
They got a bit of control of the game and we suffered a little bit in certain situations without conceding a lot of of chances. One chance that I can remember. We lost some control, we could not take the game to the final third, but in the second half, I think it was much better again, much more controlled.
Were sure you sure it was a penalty?
Yes, we nominate one person in the bench I can ask. I think he can be cool, with a cool head, and he said it’s definitely a penalty. So I was expecting it to be given.
What did you like about your side today?
Their understanding of what we had to do during the game. When they were more flat in the spaces, we had to decide to be more aggressive when they started to overload certain areas on the pitch, especially in the final third and how we had to resolve that.
Especially in the understanding and also the execution. The movement, the link between the players, it was was terrific.
You say game by game – is it to not put pressure on players?
No, because it’s the reality in football because you can’t make a prediction on what it can happen. I think no one in this room would will get it right properly. So the only thing we can control is performances and and the next game, and that’s what we are focused with.
But you’re in a good position?
Yes, it’s a good position, but there’s still a lot to fight for. Now it’s Liverpool and we know how tough is going to be, and we have to prepare the game to try and win.
You’ve got a very young side, do they play with a fluidity and a freedom that brings you particular joy?
I hope they do because they do what they love in their life. So they have to play with that freedom, with that passion, and with that fluidity. Because if not the answer is to do something else as we always encourage them to play like this.
There’s real camaraderie with this group?
There is. You know, you can sense it, you can feel it. They’re really having a good time together. And I think that transmits on the pitch.
Laca on the scoresheet at last
He deserves it again for the work he does, understanding how much he helps us in many different areas. But today he’s scored a good goal again.