Key quotes: Mikel Arteta’s press conference after West Ham

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Mikel Artetait is Arsenal side had to dig deep to leave east london with the three points, as they narrowly beat West Ham to London Stadium yesterday.

With two goals from unlikely sources in the central defenders Gabrielle and Rob holdingthe Gunners picked up what was a vital victory in their pursuit to Champions League Soccer.

After the crucial victory, Arteta went to the press room for the post-match conference.

To victory…
It’s a massive victory, in very difficult circumstances because we put ourselves in real trouble, especially with our decision-making and our ball possessions, and the spaces we were attacking, and the timing and efficiency of this one. But the team showed tremendous character, not to give up, to keep trying to do the right things.

On the team’s newfound courage…
In England you say ‘ugly win’, I think from my point of view today we won ugly, and I’m extremely happy to see a team that has that ability to find a way to win and show the character she showed today.”

There seems to be something different about Arsenal’s squad this year – in years past, conceding a goal after scoring one themselves often meant capitulation in terms of confidence and performance. This team, however, seems more than capable of fighting and as Arteta puts it, “win lousy“.

On the team’s progress over the season…
we have to keep doing it so the level of this league is extraordinary the teams win home and away the same way and if we want to compete with these guys we are going to have to learn how to do it in a way consistent, and this season we are proving again that we can do it.

(Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have not had it easy at the end of the season, losing two key players in Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney, most likely for the rest of the season. Benjamin White is the latest to join the list, but Arsenal fans are hoping to see him on the pitch before the end of the season. Gunners fans will be relieved to hear that there are no new concerns after the match at the London Stadium:

On the physical condition of Saka, Tomiyasu and White…
“Ben hurt himself against Manchester United, he felt a muscular problem and we checked him, and we will have to visit him in the next few days to see how he is doing. Bukayo was fine, he was really tired and he also suffered a small injury. Tomiyasu is just that he was away for so long and he couldn’t continue.”

On Tomiyasu’s injury
No, I hope he’s okay.

Next, the Gunners host Leeds United to Emirates Stadium – again, an unmissable victory for Arteta and his men. The almighty clash against Tottenham follows, and the team will need all the momentum they can muster for the crucial clash at the Lilywhites’ home.


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