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Arteta: We needed Old Trafford win

by Koolkola

We won 1 nil against Manchester United at Old Trafford courtesy of an Aubameyang penalty in the second half.

The win was our first at Old Trafford since 2006  and our first away win against a top 6 side since 2015.

Rob Holding returned to the starting xi in place of the injured David Luiz. Mo El Neny got the nod ahead of Xhaka in midfield to pair Thomas Partey.

We put up our best attacking display in a weeks and Mikel Arteta was proud of the display.

Here is what he had to say after the match:

On winning given Arsenal’s bad record at Old Trafford…

I didn’t want to tell the players that we didn’t win here in 14 years. I kept it quiet,  I just tried to generate belief and I demanded to be who we are, here and at any ground. I think the team that you saw tonight is where we’re starting to be. I’m proud. The way we approached the game, the personality that we showed to play against this team at Old Trafford and I’m obviously delighted with the win.

On what he got right tactically…

We interpreted well what we had to do. They play a really tricky formation with a diamond, with a square, with people dropping into certain areas that are difficult to control. I think we were really aggressive, we won a lot of balls in the opposition half. In the second half, physically, we dropped. We have played a lot of games and we could not maintain that intensity. I think we gave one opportunity away but [otherwise] we were really solid.

On his planning for the game…

They played two or three different formations, they are tricky. The moment they open you up, it’s a really difficult thing to control. I think we’ve done really well. I was worried because we had two central defenders with a yellow card in the first half so control Rashford, Greenwood…and then Cavani comes in and Pogba, it’s not easy. I’m pleased.

On Holding…

That’s the culture we are trying to create. Rob was supposed to be out for three to four weeks but he’s done immense work. Credit to all the physios and the medical staff for what they’ve done. He wanted to be here, he wanted to be with us. We knew we had David out, we knew Musti hasn’t played football in four to five months, so we are really happy. Yeah, [Gabriel & Partey were fantastic], I think Mo Elneny was fantastic. It’s really hard [to pick out individuals]. I really liked the consistency that we showed throughout the game but then the courage and personality we had with the ball.

On it being important to win against a ‘big six’ side away from home…

Absolutely, it’s not a coincidence [that record]. There were a lot of factors. We tried to change that as much as possible. In my opinion, the best way to do it is to go about every game, the way we did tonight.

On the importance of the win…

This win, we needed it. We should not have lost against Manchester City and definitely, we should not have lost against Leicester. To come here having already played at Anfield and at the Eithad in the first seven games is a big ask, we need to keep going.

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