Arteta pleased with hard-fought victory

19 September 2021 04:34:52 GMTPlus11
Mikel Arteta has praised his Arsenal side

Mikel Arteta was pleased to see Arsenal claim a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, although he knows they are still playing catch up following a tough start to the season.

The Gunners doubled their points tally for the campaign and made it back-to-back top-flight wins thanks to Martin Odegaard's first-half free kick at Turf Moor, and they are priced at 23/20 to claim a third successive league victory in next week's North London derby against Tottenham.

Gunners fight hard in Lancashire

It was not an easy three points for Arteta's side to secure in Lancashire, as Burnley had a number of opportunities, while the hosts also had a second-half penalty decision overturned after the referee had initially judged goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale had fouled Matej Vydra in the area.

It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place.

Mikel Arteta

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Arteta conceded after the match that it was far from a vintage performance from his side, but he was pleased with the fighting nature of their performance.

"It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place," Arteta told reporters. "You have to be ready for a fight.

"In the first half we had some really good periods when we were really dominant and should have scored more goals. In the second half we gave the ball away cheaply too many times.

"We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win. I'm very proud of them defensively and I'm really pleased with the win."

Arteta hoping for momentum

The Spaniard is now hoping Arsenal can enjoy a strong run of form, although he acknowledged his side are still playing catch up after starting this season with three successive Premier League defeats.

"It's two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let's go again. We have a lot to catch up!" the 39-year-old added.

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