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Mikel Arteta gave a more positive outlook on Arsenal’s season after the win over West Brom secured a third straight win and moved his team within six points of the top four.
Just 10 days after West Brom manager Sam Allardyce claimed that Arsenal were “absolutely” in a relegation battle, the Gunners swept the former England manager’s team aside to climb 12 points above the drop zone.
The Baggies were no match for the team that Allardyce had deemed their rivals to beat the knockdown, conceding sublime first-half goals to Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka and then an awkward second-half double to Alexandre Lacazette.
While West Brom became the first team to lose consecutive Premier League home matches by at least four goals since Wigan Athletic in 2010, Arsenal claimed a third straight victory, having won just two of their previous 12 matches.
The victories over Chelsea, Brighton and Hove Albion and now West Brom have come in quick succession over the festive period, lifting spirits at the Emirates Stadium.
“I am so happy that we were able to achieve the goal we had,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“The table looks completely different, the energy around the venue is so much better, and the wins bring a lot of confidence. You can see that today in the performance and in the way the team played ”.
– Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 2, 2021
The game was played on a snow-covered field at The Hawthorns, which Arteta felt caused trouble for Arsenal even as they monopolized 61.6 percent of possession and had 21 attempts against West Brom’s seven.
Arteta said: “It was a very convincing victory. Winning the last three games of the Christmas period in the Premier League is not easy.
“I think that today, in the phases in which the weather was better and the conditions to play were better, we played great football.
“In the end, we had to handle certain moments, as well as the conditions and the way we played because the field was really difficult.”
Tierney stood out from the left side, covering 10.56 kilometers, and had no such concerns about conditions.
“It is what it is,” he said. “Playing in Scotland my whole career, I’m a bit used to that. It’s a bit cold, so it doesn’t hurt anyone ”.
– Kieran Tierney (@ kierantierney1) January 2, 2021
On the former Celtic defender, who finished with an assist to go with his goal, creating four chances, the maximum of the game, Arteta added: “It has been fantastic since I’ve been here.
“From the moment he recovered from his shoulder injury, he has been fantastic. He is a guy who gives you absolutely everything.
“He’s getting better, he’s ready to get better and better, and he’s bringing great energy and quality to the team.”