Mikel Arteta praises Arsenal’s ‘maturity’ in hard-fought win over rivals Chelsea and admits his side has taken ‘an extra step’ in their journey after returning to the top of the Premier League table
Mikel Arteta has praised the ‘maturity’ of his Arsenal side after they returned to the top of the Premier League on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
Gabriel’s header in the second half was enough for the Gunners to win the London derby at Stamford Bridge as they maintained their impressive form, and they are now two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table again.
Arteta admitted his side was eager to get back to the top of the league, but was quick to compliment his side for their performance in the capital.
Mikel Arteta has praised his side’s ‘maturity’ after beating Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday afternoon
The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League table with the win in London
“We wanted to be at the top again, but the competition is so tough in this league,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“For us, the challenge was to come to this stadium against a top team in the league and play and perform like we did today. We deserved to win the game.
“For such a young team, the maturity they showed, the composure they showed, the resilience and courage to play the way we wanted to play, it was phenomenal. It’s easy to say it before the game, but to do it on the field against this opponent and these types of players is a different story.”
Jubilant scenes followed from the away players and staff after the full-time whistle
Arsenal have undergone an incredible transformation since Arteta took charge three years ago, and many believe they are now real title contenders, with just one more win to ensure they are at the top of the league by Christmas.
Arteta claimed Sunday’s win was another ‘step’ in Arsenal’s journey as they saw a top four competitor away from home.
“Winning in this stadium is something extra, it’s an extra step for the team and these players to continue to believe that they can do it under pressure and against big opponents,” he said.
“We have to enjoy it because what they have done today they deserve a lot of credit.”
Arteta admitted his side wanted to come back after Manchester City’s win yesterday
Gabriel’s header in the second half was enough to secure the three points at Stamford Bridge
Arteta also praised forward Gabriel Jesus, who once again put on a solid show for the Gunners.
The Brazilian has now played nine games without scoring, but his manager claimed that other qualities he brings to the team have taken them to another level.
“The energy and faith he brings to the team is phenomenal, those are his greatest qualities in my opinion,” he added.
“His all-round game today, I think he was phenomenal. How he competes, how he holds the ball, the movement, the fear he created in the back line, the uncertainty he creates for the opponent, it’s something that took us to another level, we’ve said that from the start .
“He did it again, he didn’t score, but what he did for the team was excellent.”
Arteta said striker Gabriel Jesus has taken Arsenal to ‘another level’ so far this season