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Mikel Arteta admitted that Leeds made things “so difficult” for Arsenal, but was happy that his team won.
Arsenal they found themselves 4-0 against Leeds early in the second half. However, their visitors threatened a surprise comeback by recovering two goals.
In the end, Arsenal had already done the damage, which means they move ahead of Leeds on the table.
It has been a season of ups and downs for Arteta’s men, but Sunday’s game was an example of what they can achieve when things go well.
Arteta said Sky sports: “I’m very happy with the result and very, very happy with the performance against a fantastic team that makes your life so difficult. We handle situations well.
“At halftime I told them that there is a team that will never give up and throw everything at you. They made it difficult.
“You have 45 minutes, every action you have to do must be at full throttle. You have 15 minutes of rest and then another 45 minutes.
“It was great [to score four goals]. The number of chances created and the type of goals we score. The confidence that comes from playing against a team that is constantly pressing ”.
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The match provided Arteta with the opportunity to give Martin Odegaard, who signed on loan in January, a first start for Arsenal.
The coach was satisfied with the departure of the Real Madrid loan.
He said: “Playing in his league start against Leeds, running the way he did, the way he felt comfortable. He was cool. “
Arteta happy to have Aubameyang back
The victory was largely inspired by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who, re-starting as a center forward, scored his first Premier League hat-trick.
Like his team in general, Aubameyang has struggled to stay consistent this season due to a number of issues. However, Arteta is simply glad that he is back at his best.
The Spanish added to BBC: “We have been missing the goals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and him in his prime.
“He has been training after a difficult period with a family problem and we had a feeling that he could be key in this game. He was in pain and got a big kick, sprained his ankle, but hopefully he’ll be fine [for Thursday’s Europa League game]. “
MATCH REPORT: Aubameyang shoots his first hat-trick on Prem as Arsenal beat Leeds’ latest threat