Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted his gamers watched Manchester Metropolis’s 2-1 residence defeat by Brentford on the bus en path to Wolves on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners had a tough check at Molineux awaiting them on Saturday night time, however earlier than then the squad watched Pep Guardiola’s facet succumb to a shock defeat on their very own patch by the hands of the Bees. Two Ivan Toney objectives on both facet of Phil Foden’s first-half rocket have been sufficient to inflict a second defeat of the season on Metropolis.
Toney’s second aim got here deep into second-half stoppage time and Arteta conceded it sparked fairly the response from his gamers. Pressed for touch upon what his facet considered Brentford’s 97th-minute winner, the Arsenal boss merely replied: “You possibly can think about.”
Arteta could have been much more delighted by the way in which his personal squad dealt with the specter of Wolves, registering a powerful 2-0 win on the street which ensures the Gunners might be 5 factors clear on the high of the desk at Christmas.
Two objectives from captain Martin Odegaard have been sufficient to earn Arsenal a hard-fought three factors. For all of Wolves’ menace at instances, Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was truly not often referred to as into motion over the course of the 90 minutes.
The Arsenal boss was in no temper to get forward of himself even after the Gunners win and Metropolis defeat. “Our focus is to be higher daily and we nonetheless have issues to enhance,” Arteta admitted.
“It’s been a very long time since we’ve been on this place, it’s a full transformation from the followers power and fervour that they’ve transmitted to those gamers.
“We confirmed one other type of maturity right this moment to play their recreation, within the first 20-Half-hour we struggled to interrupt them down.
“We have been significantly better within the second half and we had a bit extra braveness and took dangers but in addition not permitting them to run.”
Ramsdale echoed his supervisor’s sentiments after the sport, insisting that the wholesome lead Arsenal have constructed up over title rivals Metropolis doesn’t imply something but.
The Gunners shot-stopper advised BBC Sport: “Each win could be very large for us – away from residence and at residence.
“This place is hard to return they usually confirmed that for 45 minutes. Large win going into break and a little bit of a bumper however which means nothing actually.”
West Ham on the Emirates await Arsenal as their first recreation again from the World Cup break as their title tilt begins to take form – one thing few would have predicted earlier than a ball had been kicked this season.