Arteta claims victory against Magpies more like revenge

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Mikel Arteta claims the victory against Newcastle United is more like a revenge of what happened last season.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that the victory meant a lot to the players after the final whistle.

The Gunners defeated Magpies 2-0 claiming three points and also putting the Premier League hope alive.

Martin Odegaard have Arsenal the lead in the first half of the game while Martinelli forced an own goal in the second half of the game.

Speaking after the game Arteta said:“It meant a lot. It was a real test, they hurt our pride last year and in sport, when you have another opportunity you have to make sure you learn from it.

“We had to remember how we felt a year ago when we were here. Today had to be different. We had to play the game with a different level of implication, intelligence and maturity, and we showed a real fight today and a desire to win.

“They are creating something important here, that atmosphere was rocking. They have a great team, great organisation, great individuals, and we won here. That, in my opinion, is a big statement as well with how far we’ve come.”

Reflecting on the past few five days, he added: “It’s been critical because it’s the most important part of the season, the nicest part of the season. Today we are second, but to play for the championship with three games to go against this team, and win, it doesn’t get better than that.

“If you want to be involved in elite sport, you have to embrace those moments. There’s no giving up. I saw a lot of people after the City game almost turning back. I hate that, I’m not going to accept that from anybody, from the team, any members of staff.

“We have to keep going because you never know. We have to keep digging – we’ve done it for 10 months, now is the moment to do it even harder than before.”


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