Mikel Arteta is hoping that Arsenal’s win over Chelsea can prove to be a turning point in their season after insisting confidence remains high at the club.
Arsenal had gone eight games without a win in the Premier League going into the clash with their rivals on Boxing Day.
However, they produced a dominant performance to outdo their fellow London side and claim a much-needed three points with a 3-1 win.
It is not enough to rise out of the bottom half yet, but it was a strong step in the right direction.
Indeed, Arteta – who had been coming under pressure in recent weeks – praised the way his side showed belief they could get back on track right from the off.
“It’s a really big win for us,” he told Sky Sports. “We were really disappointed with the results – not so much the performances.
“Our players were suffering, our fans were suffering.
“It doesn’t get any better than winning a London derby against Chelsea on Boxing Day. Hopefully this is a turning point.
“I know they can play at this level. We know how good Chelsea are but big moments in the game we were the better team.”
Arteta was wondering how to win
Arsenal have had to deal with a number of setbacks in recent weeks, and Arteta maintains their performances in the face of adversity have still been good.
However, the results had not been coming, and he admits it left him wondering what else they could do.
“The injuries, the Covid, playing 10 men… you start to think, what do we need to win a match?
“It’s nice to give something back to fans because I can imagine they have been really disappointed. We started well and we were dominant. That gives the team confidence.
“Let’s carry on. We still have big things to improve on.”