Gabriel Martinelli’s early header, a brace from substitute Reiss Nelson and fine finishes from Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard saw Arsenal blast their way past Nottingham Forest and back to the summit of the Premier League.
At the end of an October that has involved nine fixtures – the busiest monthly schedule since the early 1980s – the Gunners will be pleased that seven wins and a draw have been accompanied by just one defeat; Thursday’s aberration at PSV Eindhoven.
While the timetable doesn’t ease up just yet, Arteta is very pleased with the mettle shown by his squad so far.
Asked what he’s learnt this month, he told his post-game press conference: “How lucky I am to have them together with me and again especially when we lose, or draw, how united we are, and how we respond to that, and today I think it was a really good example.
“We know the schedule we facing now, we’re going to be facing in January, it’s really, really demanding so we need to face it and we want to do it in the best possible way.
He added: “Big teams have to respond as quick as possible and we did that after the disappointment of Thursday night, you don’t have time, you go here Friday evening.
“One half training session and be ready not only physically but mentally again to another demand against a team that beat Liverpool and the pressure is on, you lose the first place and you are there. And we need to get used to that.”
Arsenal’s home form has been particularly eye-catching this season. With the fans onboard and the atmosphere pumping, the Gunners have a 100% record at the Emirates in both the league and Europa League.
On the impact of the fans, Arteta continued: “Huge, I don’t know the percentage whether it’s 20, 30, or 90%.
“It transforms the team, the energy that they produce, the support they give the team, especially in difficult moments like we have some examples already throughout the season is phenomenal.
“The boys are really looking to come here and play and they are really enjoying it. And this is a huge advantage I think.”
In truth, this wasn’t an afternoon where the crowd needed to play the role of a twelfth man. While Forest did pretty well up to half time given they’d gone behind after just five minutes, they completely collapsed after the break. Criticised for not being ruthless enough in the last couple of weeks, the Gunners rediscovered a ruthless edge.
“It was great,” said Arteta. “We certainly have been creating the chances to score and we haven’t been hitting the target enough, we have discussed that the whole week and today the individual talent obviously made the difference they scored some fantastic goals and they shared the goals which I think is important as well.”