Arteta to move to second phase in Europa league

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Mikel Arteta has revealed the next face for Arsenal in the Europa following their victory over PSV.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is pleased with their win against PSV in the Europa League as his next phase is to finish the group on top of their group.

The Gunners have already qualified for the round of 16 following their win at the Emirate stadium last night.

Speaking with the media after the game Arteta said: “We are qualified so that’s the first step, so really pleased for doing that, now we want to achieve the second one which is to finish first in the group because we know the difference that’s going to make, in terms of the games that you have to play and against who, and that’s still something we have to do.

“In general I’m really pleased with the performance with what the boys have shown, and we had some really dominant and good moments in the game, but we lacked a little bit in the final third, final actions, especially inside the box. To put more shots on target and score more goals I think.”

When asked if he notice a difference is mentality of his team Arteta replied: “I think after every game, it’s a bit different, it depends on the win, how you play, how you felt during that match and managing the temperature of the team, making sure they play with enough confidence, that we are on our toes and ready to go to Southampton and put on the performance required to win the match and this is the challenge and we are enjoying the challenge.”

He added that :“The confidence is there and you can see that for me it’s the hunger to go again and try to win.”

Granit Xhaka’s goal was the difference in the game as the Swiss shot from outside Tomiyasu’s cross gave them a vital three points.

“He does and we believed he had the qualities to do that, and sometimes it’s just unlocking something in the players mind and be more open and be receptive to all the things, he’s been extremely open and his work rate all the time to learn is fantastic, and now I think it’s paying off.”

 

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