Arteta raves over ‘fantastic’ Arsenal star; thrilled by ‘completely different’ table

Date published: Saturday 2nd January 2021 10:30

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta could barely contain his joy after their recent resurgence has made the table look “completely different”.

Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 victory over West Brom to make it three successive league wins.

The trademark Gunners attacking flair returned with a bang, with their second goal in particular catching the eye with superb movement and pinpoint build-up play.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Arteta said: “A very convincing win, to win the last three games in the Christmas period is not easy.

“When the conditions were better we played some good football. We had to manage some bits at the end because the pitch was difficult.

“The first goal, the action from Kieran Tierney was terrific and great combinations for the second. Great attacking play today.”

FULL MATCH REPORT: Arsenal demolish West Brom after attacking verve returns in full force

Regarding the standout performance of Tierney, Arteta said: “He has been fantastic since I have been here, the moment he got back from his shoulder injury he has been terrific he is a lad who gives everything and brings a great energy.”

“I am so happy we were able to achieve the target we had, the table looks completely different, the energy is different and wins bring confidence.

“We have a week now to prepare for another competition, we have great memories from winning the cup and enjoy tonight.”

 

We never stopped believing – Saka

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Goalscorer Saka also spoke to the press, telling the BBC: “The perfect way to start the new year, we’ve won three in a row so we want to keep building. We’re really happy with the performance.

“KT [Kieran Tierney] deserved that, he’s put in amazing performances all year and that was something we’ve never seen before from him, right foot, top corner.”

Regarding his own goal that capped off a simply sublime team move, Saka said: “Amazing team goal and luckily I got the tap-in. I love those goals.

“It was so cold but I was getting so many touches in good positions so I enjoyed the game a lot.”

Offering a reason why Arsenal have been able to turn their ship around, he concluded: “I feel like it’s our attitude. We never stopped believing we are good enough to get wins. I’m just happy we’re playing with much more confidence and it’s working.”

 

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