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Arteta reflects on big win over West Ham – part 2

Posted on March 09, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On our unbeaten league run:
It’s only turning a corner in terms of results. A little bit in terms of the things I want to see from my team, but they were telling me now that ‘I’ve turned the ship around’, that ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see. It’s part of the process, it doesn’t happen overnight, we are positive that we can keep going on this from the eight or nine weeks that we’ve been here. It will be down to the performances that we put in and it will be related to the results.

On why Lacazette didn’t start:
Well, I have two strikers at the moment and they are making life difficult for me, but at the same time it is very good. They are both scoring, both in a good moment. I decided to play Eddie today for the defenders they had and the gameplan we had, but knowing that Laca, if we needed a goal in the final moments, he was always ready to do that. I saw straight away, when I was talking to him and giving him instructions on the touchline, he was alert and focused and I could see he was really determined to go out there and score the goal that he did.

On whether he doesn’t see Aubameyang or Martinelli as central striker:
Yes, they are but with the squad balance that we have at the moment for that position on the left, we don’t have five players because we are using one of them as a left back, who is not a left back, so we are just trying to adapt to the situation we have today, try to put in the team the players to have a goal threat that can be successful for the team. That is part of managing the players we have.

On facing David Moyes:
He is someone that I respect, I admire, I had seven magnificent years next to him, I learnt a lot about him, he is a man with incredible values and a great work ethic. He showed today with the gameplan he put in, the type of manager he is and it was awkward. I started this adventure in England with him as a manager, he was the one who showed the faith to bring me to the Premier League and I am very grateful for him.

On whether he has to play Pablo Mari again after another clean sheet:
Good point, I have to take your advice there! If it is as simple as that, hopefully we do it again at Manchester City and see if we get a clean sheet! He is doing well, he’s adapted really well – it is not an easy league and a central defender, in my opinion, to play in the Premier League is one of the toughest positions to play for any foreign player. But he is very willing, he is learning and he has a good experience and understanding with his team-mates.

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