It was another nervous afternoon in North London as Arsenal narrowly edged their way past West Ham United and picked up another three points as their push for a place in the top four, or perhaps five, continues. After the game Mikel Arteta gave his thoughts on the big result.
On the win:
I don’t believe a lot in fortune, we had the moments of luck that we needed, but as well it was because we had some really good individual performances at the back. Sometimes to clear the ball and sometimes to make a save. I’m really happy with the result because big teams find a way when they don’t have the best day. It’s obvious that it wasn’t our best day in terms of performance, but they find a way to win it. You can build from there, you can learn and take the positives and the negatives in a much better way. The unity, the solidarity and desire the players are showing, at the end it pays a price, and today we didn’t pay a price. A few days ago we played Olympiacos here but it did today and football is like this.
When the goal was disallowed I thought ‘okay that’s fine’. Then my staff came from the bench and said ‘it’s a goal’. But then after two or three minutes, I don’t know how long, then I wasn’t very positive about the outcome. I am very pleased with the VAR tonight.
On the first half performance:
We had moments, obviously in the first half when teams are so compact and defend with that deep block – we gave a lot of simple balls away in dangerous areas, where we allowed the opposition to generate transition moments which they are good at. After that it was a free-kick and after that it was a corner, so we struggled a little bit to find our flow, and when we did it a little bit in the final third, we lacked the final pass, the right pass and as well the desire to be more aggressive and finish more actions in the final third.
Quotes courtesy of Arsenal.com
To be continued…