Far from picking up a yellow card, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta enjoyed a perfect Sunday night after his side completed the first half of the Premier League on 50 points with a 3-2 win over Manchester United.
Thanks to a double from Eddie Nketiah and a goal from Bukayo Saka, both of whom are graduates of the Arsenal Academy, the victory was achieved, which widened the gap again between the leaders Arteta and its chasers, Manchester City, to five points.
This is the best start to the season for the club in the history of the Premier League, and although there is a long way to go to the finish line, the young team believes in its ability to stay at the top.
It is not surprising that the Spanish coach said, “There is nothing better than that,” praising the well-deserved victory over United, who are now 11 points off the lead.
He added, “An emotional victory, a lot of passion and quality, there is no better than that, after the summit (against Tottenham) to play against this team in this way, especially the performance in the second half, is amazing.”
Arsenal recovered from the shock of Marcus Rashford’s goal, then United tied 2-2 after Lisandro Martinez took advantage of a mistake by the host’s goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, but ended the match with dominance.
Arteta’s team showed tremendous maturity in the closing stages of the match and pressed United fiercely.
And the coach continued, “We were calm and determined at the same time. We controlled important moments in the match and did not feel afraid. We always believed in our ability to win. We played with appropriate calm inside the penalty area a lot, but the ball did not enter the net, fortunately we succeeded in the end.”
And prompted the manner in which Arsenal won, former United star Gary Neville said that the performance of this team revives memories of great teams led by Arsene Wenger.
Full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, an expert in winning titles with City in previous seasons, said the late victory was even more delicious.
He added, “I love this victory. The feeling of winning in the last minute and the last second is indescribable. Today was unbelievable. I need to watch the match again before going to sleep because we had magical moments.”
Arteta was quick to be careful after critics nominated Arsenal to win the title for the first time since 2004.
The former Arsenal midfielder said, “There is no indication that we are the favourites. The differences are very small in this league. We deserve this position because of the way we played, but we can improve more in many areas.”