Sun. May 26th, 2024

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal can nonetheless win the Premier League after returning to the highest of the desk with a convincing win over Chelsea, regardless of Man Metropolis’s video games in hand.

The Gunners jumped again to the summit courtesy of a primary win in 5 video games to beat their troubled London rivals, however they are going to be leapfrogged once more by Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday ought to they beat West Ham stay on Sky Sports activities.

The title race is out of the North Londoners’ management at this level however Arteta informed Sky Sports activities after a much-needed win that they nonetheless consider they’ll elevate the Premier League trophy for the primary time since 2004.

“We now have 4 video games to go, we’re high of the league, it was one of many issues we talked about tonight – can we return and go the place we have been for a lot of months and now now we have to attend and see, we all know it isn’t in our arms,” he mentioned.

“We’ll attempt to [take it all the way] in opposition to Newcastle, now we have one other powerful match, however we’ll be getting ready to win.”

Former captain Granit Xhaka, who has loved as shiny a renaissance as anybody underneath Arteta’s administration, laid on a hat-trick of assists for the Gunners’ three targets, whereas participant of the match Martin Odegaard, who scored twice in opposition to the Blues, informed Sky Sports activities they had been assured the title race was nonetheless alive with 4 video games to go.

“The primary 60 minutes we had an excellent sport. We deserved the three factors right now. We wanted a response and the crew, with the followers, had response,” Xhaka mentioned.

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Granit Xhaka offers his response to his spectacular efficiency in opposition to Chelsea within the Premier League.

“We didn’t have our greatest day in opposition to Man Metropolis, they had been the very best crew final week. However we nonetheless have perception.”

Odegaard added: “Particularly the primary half was sensible. We confirmed a distinct spirit to final time. The second half was a bit messy however we would have liked this one.

“Everybody was so damage after the Metropolis sport however we used that anger to bounce again. You possibly can lose video games however we weren’t ourselves. I feel we confirmed a distinct facet right now.

“We now have to maintain going. We’ll battle till the tip for the title.”

Arteta made three modifications to the Arsenal crew who misplaced to Metropolis with the goal of shoring up his facet’s defences, and although they did concede to a second-half comfort from Noni Madueke, he noticed a vastly improved efficiency over 90 minutes from his facet.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Arsenal in opposition to Chelsea within the Premier League.

When requested what had happy him most concerning the victory, he informed Sky Sports activities: “That we had been us. That is what I demanded. I needed to see that vitality, that dedication, that fluidity, that motion, that function in our play.

“That was there from the start. That led to connecting with our crowd and clearly you recognize what occurs after we are ready to try this. The targets had been actually useful as a result of they set the tone for the remainder of the sport.

“We knew that if we dominated them and obtained within the remaining third then they had been going to have points. Within the final half-hour we allowed them to run and, with the gamers they’ve, in transition moments you’ll have issues.”

Arteta singled out centre-back Jakub Kiwior, making his first Premier League begin since a January transfer from Spezia, for seizing his alternative after three months with out a look-in on the Arsenal startling line-up.

The Polish worldwide slotted straight into defence instead of the under-fire Rob Holding and helped prohibit Chelsea to a handful of half-chances except for Madueke’s second-half purpose.

Jakub Kiwior impressed on his full league debut

“It was an enormous activity for him,” Arteta mentioned. “We threw him in in opposition to large gamers however we believed he was prepared. His partnership with [Gabriel] labored out rather well. [Jorginho] gave us a little bit of management and management in midfield. I am very happy with them.”

Vieira: A lot progress in Arsenal dressing room

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Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira clashes with ex-Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink over Arsenal’s title expertise, with the Frenchman likening the membership’s present season to Leicester’s triumph.

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira informed Sky Sports activities the Gunners gamers’ would nonetheless be dreaming of successful the Premier League regardless of their latest run of poor kind opening the door to Man Metropolis, however felt that their progress had been noteworthy wherever the trophy finally ends up this summer time.

“I do not need to discover any excuses, however Metropolis are 5, 10 years above Arsenal from the way in which they have been constructing the crew. The season is so lengthy, and what’s going to make you win the title ultimately is expertise,” he mentioned.

“When you find yourself in that interval of the season, you count on your high gamers to carry out they usually did not actually do it. On the identical time, it’s a must to take a look at the place Arsenal had been final yr, and the place they’re right now.

“There’s progress in that dressing room and naturally, the gamers will need to win the title. However we all know that you’ll undergo tough intervals within the season.

“Arteta made a few modifications right now that made a extremely large affect on the sport. He is made some actually powerful selections within the season, there have been large questions marks about letting Aubameyang and Lacazette depart, and he is constructed a crew to carry out the way in which that he sees the sport. That is one thing actually particular.

“You are not profitable within the Premier League with out going into the small print about what you need from gamers. It is concerning the soccer membership, him working with Edu and having imaginative and prescient of what they need to obtain.

“The profile of gamers they need, the model they need to play, and when you’ve this sort of readability, it permits you to work. It is a dream for each supervisor, to have a extremely clear thought of what you need and accountability once you recruit gamers, how do you need to develop these gamers.”

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