Mikel Arteta declared himself pleased with Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates today, after goals from Leandro Trossard, William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko gave his side three points on what was a difficult day at times.
We move up into second, behind Man City who will beat Chelsea tomorrow, and after midweek Champions League action the boss was happy with how his side dealt with the threat of the visitors.
“I’m really happy with the result, especially the performance,” he said.
“After playing 72 hours ago and with the last three games – how we played against Newcastle, against Sevilla and today. How dominant we were against a team that is very difficult to dominate.
“The amount of situations that we generated I think we fully deserved to win the game.”
The opener came from Trossard, who once again capitalised on a Bukayo Saka assist, and it’s the second goal in a week for the Belgian.
“I think he connects everybody,” said Arteta of the former Brighton man. “He’s so intelligent. I think he moves in ways that attracts people that generates spaces and options for people.
“Today he did that really good because it was so difficult and the spaces were so small to attack. He gave us a lot of threat and possibilities to connect and find spaces for us.”
The goal that gave us daylight in terms of the scoreline came from Zinchenko, who coupled that with a very good defensive performance, and he too drew praise from his manager.
“I’m very happy with him,” said the Spaniard.
“Especially against these teams the fluidity, threat that he brings, the spaces that he occupies and opens for other players is critical.
“I really liked how defensively committed he was today. The goal is a really good example of how he’s living the game – when the ball is far from him, he’s the first on the ball, that’s why he scores the goal.
“That’s what we need from him.”