Arteta happy with win over Chelsea and praises Odegaard’s performance

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Mikel Arteta during the game against Chelsea
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The Gunners defeated Chelsea 5-0 in the match between the two teams at the Emirates Stadium. In the 29th round of the English Premier League, Arsenal remain temporarily at the top of the league.

Trossard opened the scoring for Arsenal in the 4th minute of the match, with Ben White scoring two goals and Kai Havertz scoring two goals in the second half to make the scoreline historic.

“Very happy with the win, with the amount of chances and goals we scored. And with the clean sheet as well it shows the consistency,” Arteta told TNT Sport after the final whistle.

“We weren’t disciplined enough with some stuff we did in the first half and we needed to be more disciplined and we did that in the second half.”

Skipper Martin Odegaard provided two assists as the Norwegian star continued his fine form this season.

“We agreed that he was a player with huge talent and he could grow with us,” he said of the Norwegian. “We were convinced he could add something special to the team.

“That’s always a question: How are you going to handle a different role [as captain]? He has done it so naturally and he is loved by everyone. With the love that he has, it is enough for everyone to want to follow him.”

The win keeps the Gunners temporarily at the top of the Premier League. They are now two points clear of Liverpool.

Arteta added: “It is a big London derby and we know what it means for the fans. We will enjoy it and rest and get ready for the next one.

“What I would like is that the players can manage themselves in the dressing room. You have to leave them some space. They know what they are playing for. That’s what holds the team together. My role is to demand of them and also in the right moments make them believe they can do it.

“We have a lot of games coming up. Let’s enjoy tonight and let’s go back to work.”


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