Mikel Arteta was impressed with the team’s performance as we defeated Newcastle 2-0 at St James’ Park.
Mohamed Elneny’s early goal– the Egyptian’s first Premier League goal since joining the club in 2016 – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s acrobatic finish were enough to give us a comfortable three points over the Magpies.
Despite how difficult the task of finishing in the top seven looks, the boss still expresses hope at achieving it.
“This game showed our focus is still there in the Premier League,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“We believe that anything is possible if you’re picking up points and we wanted to put bad results out of the way.
“We had a great attitude from the beginning, some big moments of real quality and had total control from the start.”
When quizzed on the reason behind heavy rotation, he boss said:
“We refreshed the team because we’ve played so many games.
“Thursday was very demanding – we played 40 minutes with 10 men – but the team was really committed and focussed on this game and that’s why we won.
“We controlled the game and we accelerated it when we needed to. The early goal gave us confidence which we needed after the defeat on Thursday.
“We have to do as well as we can and finish as high as we can.”
David Luiz had to leave the game after sustaining a hamstring injury. The Brazilian defender was having a good game in his first appearance after missing seven games due to injury.
“It’s incredible the amount of injuries we’ve had,” said Arteta. “We’re losing big players but there’s nothing we can do about it.
“It’s a shame because David had made a big effort to be available as quick as possible after surgery on his knee. Today, probably, we lose him again.”