After stoppage-time goals from Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus secured a 3-1 win against Manchester United, Mikel Arteta declared himself very satisfied with Arsenal’s performances as the squad now disperses for the first Interlull of the season.
The Gunners have taken 10 points from a possible 12 so far and sit level with the likes of Sp*rs, Liverpool and West Ham while reigning champions Manchester City make the early running.
“I’m very happy, I think we played four games, we deserved to win four games,” he told his post-game press conference.
“It could have been very different but the margins that we are arriving at in the later stages of the game doesn’t reflect what the team has done before.
“I think there are things that are still in our control that we can do better and the team will try to progress and evolve in that direction to close games earlier and win them easier.”
Despite eluding to the fine margins, the boss was also quick to point out that the season is a marathon not a sprint. He knows that all too well having topped the table for so long last season.
“For every team it’s like, game one, and if you don’t win the first one, the second one, and it’s still 34 games to go, so just focus on the game and play with more naturality, and the result will come.
“If you deserve it at the end, after 38 games you will be where you deserve, and I think we can only focus on that because it’s still very, very early.”
Following some supporter mumbling after last weekend’s draw with Fulham and frustration that the team wasn’t further strengthened on Transfer Deadline Day, the boss also feels the nature of today’s win over the Red Devils will help win the crowd over once again.
“I feel great,” he added. “I think we all worked so hard and planned everything to live moments like this and those moments are going to stick with us.
“To see the crowd so connected with the team again and celebrate in a big match like today with the history of these clashes, I think it’s something great. So, very happy.”
Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign in two weeks’ time with a trip to Everton. In the meantime, supporters can bask in a very satisfying victory against an old rival.