Arteta picks out two aspects of Arsenal win that improved ‘unacceptable position’

Date published: Sunday 28th February 2021 3:07 - Rob McCarthy

Mikel Arteta TEAMtalk

Mikel Arteta praised his side’s attitude and work ethic after Arsenal recorded an impressive victory at high-flying Leicester on Sunday.

The Gunners continued to breathe fresh life into their season after a 3-1 win over the injury-hit Foxes.

David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe netted as the Gunners came from behind to claim a deserved victory.

Youri Tielemans’ early strike had put the Foxes ahead and the hosts suffered a further blow when Harvey Barnes was carried off in the second half with a knee injury.

The Foxes remain third in the Premier League but missed the chance to move nine points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea.

Arsenal are now just three points off Liverpool, who sit sixth, and boss Mikel Arteta had the luxury of resting Bukayo Saka as the Gunners built on Thursday’s Europa League win over Benfica, which sent them into the last 16.


Speaking after the game, Arteta told BBC Sport: “Considering the level we were facing, to do what we’ve done today, the players deserve a lot of credit. I’m really proud of my players.

“Coming into this game I was concerned; we’ve played a lot of games. But let’s not talk about fatigue. We just got on with it.

“They’re one of the most dangerous teams in the league to play once you go behind against them. The reaction was terrific the team looked really mature. We played some excellent stuff.

Nicolas Pepe TEAMtalk

“Nicolas Pepe has been really consistent. This is what we want from him. He creates chances. I’m really pleased with him and all the senior players.

“It’s unacceptable the position we are in. We have to improve this dramatically. The only way we can do that is to win games.”

Arsenal on a mission

Lacazette, who scored Arsenal’s second, added: “Today we really wanted to win and we did it well I think.

“The reaction after the goal we conceded, everyone kept the focus and stayed with the gameplan. When everyone is like this it’s easier to win games.

“We know it’s important to finish well. I think these two wins are going to give us a lot of confidence for the team.

“It’s good for the spirit, the mood and everything.”


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