Following their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, head coach Mikel Arteta issued a warning to his players.
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Arsenal’s unbeaten streak has been extended to five wins in a row. The Gunners have scored 12 league goals and currently lead the league with 15 points.
The Gunners dominated Aston Villa but failed to eliminate them early on. Struggling Bukayo Saka missed an open net in the first half. He did, however, set up Martinelli for Arsenal’s second goal.
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Arteta spoke to the press after the game, admitting that he is pleased with the outcome but insists his team could have ‘killed’ the game earlier.
As quoted by Metro, he stated:
“I’m really happy with the result. It’s so tough to win in this league. The first half was probably one of the best we have played. We could have scored three, four, five.”
“We didn’t kill the game and then in this league, the game is alive.‘In the second half, obviously, the game was a fight. They really stretch you, they play really directly, there are a lot of second balls, actions, fouls and it became a little bit of a transitional game where you don’t finish the actions when you have spaces to attack and they’re going to come at you.”
“Without really allowing anything to them – one corner – we conceded a goal and then it’s game on again. But the team reacted again incredibly well and I think we deserved to win the game.”