Plenty of positives for Arteta

26 August 2021 22:09:00 GMTPlus11
Mikel Arteta was pleased to see Arsenal in winning form.

Mikel Arteta is confident Arsenal can kick on after Wednesday's encouraging 6-0 EFL Cup win over West Brom.

The Gunners, 4/1 to win the EFL Cup and 3/1 to finish in the top four in 2021/22, had been heavily criticised for the slow start they've made to their league campaign, losing 2-0 to both Brentford and Chelsea.

Hawthorns six-pack

However, they hit their stride at The Hawthorns, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting a hat-trick on his first start of the season, while Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette also got themselves on the scoresheet.

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Arteta made wholesale changes for the game, including handing starts to new boys Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, but was clearly encouraged by what he saw against the Championship outfit, who themselves rotated heavily.

Champions in waiting

Focus will now turn to the weekend and the Saturday lunchtime kick-off away at Manchester City.

The Gunners have not won at the Etihad since January 2015 and face a Citizens side fresh from a 5-0 thumping of newly-promoted Norwich.

After only leading the club to eighth last term, the pressure is on Arteta to produce consistent results and he will be desperate to get at least a point on the board ahead of the September international break.

Positives for Arteta

The 39-year-old admits it was vital his side responded against the Baggies following their weekend defeat to Chelsea and is confident they can continue to improve after claiming their first competitive win of the campaign.

"When you lose a game, as quick as possible you have to win," he said. "Today's game is going to give us some confidence. We had players who played some first minutes.

"Overall I think a really positive night."

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