Gunners boss dedicates derby win to fans

27 September 2021 05:27:55 GMTPlus11
Arteta praises fans after dominant derby win

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was in buoyant mood after the north London derby in which his side beat bitter rivals Tottenham 3-1.

It was a dominant performance from the Gunners who are 3/1 to kick on and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League while a top-six spot is a 8/13 shot.

Blistering start

Arteta's men raced into a 3-0 first-half lead with goals from Emil Smith-Rowe, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bakary Saka and they stood firm despite Heung-Min Son's consolation strike with 11 minutes remaining.

And Arteta was quick to dedicare the win to the Arsenal fans when speaking to Sky Sports after the match.

"This win is for the fans. They were there when we needed their support. We started really strongly and were determined. In the second half we had to do what we had to do", said Arteta.

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Arteta was also full of praise for the way his players performed.

"We had great determination, great energy and great quality," he added. "I really enjoyed it. I see the belief the players have in what we do [in training]. They have the quality to put it into practice.

Good mentality

"[It is important] they make each other better. It's about raising the level in the team and training. If they all have that mentality then what happened today happens."

The victory lifted Arsenal up to tenth place in the Premier League and they head to highflying Brighton next Saturday.

Tottenham are a place below in 11th and face a tricky home fixture next Sunday against Aston Villa who won 1-0 at Manchester United on Saturday.

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