Mikel Arteta spoke to TNT Sport after our 4-0 win over PSV this evening. Here’s what he had to say.
What’s the most pleasing aspect of tonight for yourself?
Well, first of all, winning a football match, which is the most important thing, and that we enjoyed it from the first minute. We went for it, we wanted to create problems for them, and today I think we’re really good in both boxes. And the Champions League, when you’re really good in both boxes, you have a great chance.
I think in the process from box to box, there was a lot of things to still improve. But I think in the boxes we were phenomenal today.
When you take into consideration all three attackers scoring, Martin Odegaard also adding, how pleasing is that for a manager when you see your goal scorers being spread across so many different avenues?
This is what we need. They are used to doing that and as well they got involved in many goals, the four of them especially. So I’m really pleased to do that, really pleased for Gabi as well, because he had a couple of chances before that. So that’s what we need. Last year it was a big thing for us and we have to continue to develop.
Are you smiling right now because of the squad depth? You think about the players that came off, you heard the crowd reception for Emil Smith Rowe alone. As a manager it must give you so many headaches, but good headaches at the same time.
Good headaches! It’s probably the hardest thing in this job because you get emotionally attached to them. It’s been a beautiful journey with them. When you don’t play a play, you know how the player feels. And you cannot do anything against it. You just have to play him. And for Emile, especially, I was really happy. He got an incredible reception, so he should be really proud.
What are you now going to do when you sit down and you reflect? How are you going to feel about it?
I will enjoy tonight. I’m going to have a nice late dinner with my wife. My kids will be sleeping, but I’m sure they’ve been watching the game. Enjoy the moment, enjoy the victory. Tomorrow morning I’ll start with the rest because we have a big game coming up.