Mikel Arteta spoke to Sky Sports after the 3-2 win over Man United at the Emirates this afternoon.
Here’s what he had to say.
Sum the game up …
Emotional, a lot of passion, a lot of quality, and after the derby away to come here against this team and play the way we played, and the performance we had – especially in the second half – it was incredible.
To win it in that way makes it even better.
What brought you the win?
I think mentally and emotionally we were really composed but determined at the same time. We managed those moments in the game well, we never panicked. We kept doing the right things, even better than before and we always believed that at the end we could win it.
The last 20 mins were a reflection …
Exactly. We showed the right composure in the box on many occasions even though the ball didn’t go in, and we were fortunate enough in the last action that we were able to get in the win.
Did we see the Arsenal personality and character today?
100%, because this is a team [United] that when they go in front it’s extremely difficult to play. They don’t need much to create chances, they love to have space to attack, and the moment you start to play the game at longer distances, they really punish you.
But, I think we handled that really well.
A big test, not much title experience, so it’s how they reacted …
You can talk about maturity, you also have to show the perseverance to keep going and emotionally we relaxed. We were confident we could do it, and I’m delighted. Thank you as well to the crowd, it was an incredible evening to live with them.
Can you complain about the yellow card?
I don’t think so!
Can you learn from that?
You can always get better in life.
The VAR check?
We experienced something similar with Newcastle and the penalty in the last minute, and today it went our way, so relief.
Bukayo Saka …
I don’t want to talk about individuals. We showed a lot of personality, especially with the ball in big moments to make things happen. I love that, they are young but they are confident enough to do it.
Game by game, but 50 points at the halfway stage – the best ever Arsenal start to a league season.
It’s great, I think we deserve to be where we are because of how we’re playing. But don’t get confused, it’s about what we do tonight and tomorrow, and there are a lot things we can do better, so we have big matches.
Just keep doing it, but pressure …
Yeah, but every week for 12 or 13 games they’ve been talking about pressure. In the Premier League it’s so hard to win, they margins are so small and they’re going to make life so difficult for you. We know that and we have to prepare every day for that.
Are you favourites?
I have no clue. We have never won it, we are halfway through the season. There are other teams with much bigger squads and they’ve already won a lot, so let’s go game by game.
Trossard on the pitch, Kiwior in the stands, how important is January business?
Just in terms of numbers have 15/16 outfield players and obviously it’s not enough. And they’re going to help us. Leo helped us a lot today, and how composed he was when he came on. He helped us win the game.