Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said that his primary concern is not the position of the team on the log of the English Premier League but its daily improvement.
Arsenal returned to winning ways on Thursday night when they recorded their third away win of the season at Southampton, courtesy of Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock’s strikes either side of half-time.
The match highlight Southampton Vs. Arsenal
The Gunners got back to winning ways after they were gifted a goal by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who faltered under pressure from Eddie Nketiah following a back-pass. The striker intercepted his attempted ball out slot into an unguarded net.
Joe Willock got the second after Alexandre Lacazette’s free-kick struck the wall, and his follow-up was parried.
Arteta relieved after the win
Speaking after the win that gives the Gunners 43 points from 31 and moved to the 9th spot, the former Arsenal captain said he was relieved to get the win after the restart. While noting that the team had two difficult weeks, the Spaniard lamented that the team threw away the game at Brighton, having been in the lead, and it touched the side.
“Confidence is everything in this game, and we have to lift them, but I could see yesterday that the reaction was positive, and they were really at it. We just demanded them to play together, to enjoy competing with each other and defending each other as much as possible – then we would be fine. It was an important win for us.
With the return of former captain, Granit Xhaka, from injury, there was an assurance play from the middle of the park for the Gunners. The manager pointed out that the midfielder is a big presence in the team, adding that he doesn’t hide. While noting that his principles and values are obvious, Arteta said, and he puts that on the pitch every time he’s there.
When asked about the chances of securing European football qualification this season, Arteta said all that mattered to him is for the team to keep competing, which he said they are committed to.
While stating that he is always very positive, Arteta said there is still enough time and games to achieve European places.
“We had two defeats for the first time since I joined, but now we have won, and it lifts the spirit, it lifts the belief. The calendar of the Premier League has given us is pretty tough. We have four away games, and we have to recover the players now.”