Arsenal won their first league match since November 1 by defeating Chelsea in a London derby on Boxing Day. The win has relieved some pressure from Arteta following a poor run of results that saw Gunners picking just 2 points from 7 matches.
The absence of senior players, such as David Luiz and Willian turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the young Gunners dismantled Chelsea with their speed and energy. Goals from Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka earned a vital win for Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta hopes the team can build on the win and carry forward the momentum.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Arsenal manager said “It’s a really big win for us. We were really disappointed with the results – not so much the performances. Our players were suffering, our fans were suffering.“
“It doesn’t get any better than winning a London derby against Chelsea on Boxing Day. Hopefully this is a turning point. I know they can play at this level. We know how good Chelsea are but big moments in the game we were the better team.”
“The injuries, the Covid, playing 10 men…you start to think what do we need to win a match. It’s nice to give something back to fans because I can imagine they have been really disappointed. We started well and we were dominant. That gives the team confidence.”
“Let’s carry on. We still have big things to improve on.”