Mikel Arteta was impressed with the team’s creativity in the 4-2 win at the Emirates.
The duo of Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka sat at the base of the midfield behind Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang spear heading the attack.
The technicality and movement shown by the players in the first half was beautiful to watch. Mikel Arteta pointed this out after the match.
“I thought it [the side’s creativity] was much better,” Arteta told his post-game press conference.
“We were much more efficient and we were much more composed. We took our time when it was needed, we faked movement, we had runs in behind and we had people in the box and people arriving into the box.
“Our decision-making was much better and then the efficiency when we were hitting the last shot, many of those were on target and that’s the difference when you want to score goals.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta praised Odegaard for his energy and composure on the ball. He also reserved praises for the wonderful Bukayo Saka, as well as Dani Ceballos.
“Saka is playing really well,” said the Spaniard. “He can still get much better. He’s got that room, he’s got the intelligence and he’s got the desire so his aim has to be to do better, to score more goals, be more efficient in the final third and there’s a lot of things he needs to do better defensively as well to improve day by day, because he’s got the ability.”
On Ceballos, he added: “I thought he was terrific, Dani. To play the way he has done against this type of man-marking team, where it’s really difficult to get on the ball and have some time and play with the quality that he had, then overall I think he had a really good game.”