Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that he hopes the victory over Chelsea will provide a boost to the team and the mood of the club’s fans, who he admits have “suffered” throughout the Premier League season.
Entering a clash with their rivals in London, Arsenal had been unbeaten in seven Premier League games, having also suffered elimination in the Carabo Cup from Manchester City earlier in the week.
But the Gunners ended this series impressively, beating Chelsea 3-1 after goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka.
The victory was Arsenal’s first league triumph since November 1 and their first at the Emirates since the 2-1 win over Sheffield United in October.
Seeing his work questioned in recent weeks, Arteta needed a great performance from his players, and he won it after the Gunners scored three goals and sealed the victory before the 60th minute.
And Arteta now hopes the Gunners can use the victory as a springboard in the league and with the fans as the club seeks to regain goodwill.
“The result is the main thing today, we really needed that victory. “We have been unlucky and disappointed with our results in the last eight weeks so this was a great day for us,” Arteta initially told BBC Sport.
“From the first whistle, you can see that the team had the energy and willingness to come out and win the game.”
“The spirit before the game was really positive, they really loved it. I am happy for the players and for the fans. “We left them for many weeks so it was a good day to give them something to cheer for.”
“It is a really big victory for us. We were really disappointed with the results, not so much with the appearances. “Our players suffered, so did our fans.”
“There is nothing better than winning a derby in London against Chelsea on ‘Boxing Day’. Hopefully, this is a turning point. I know they can play at this level. “We know how good Chelsea is, but in the big moments of the game we were the best team.”
“It’s good to give something back to the fans because I can imagine they were really disappointed. We started well and were dominant. This gives the team confidence.
“Let’s move on. “We still have a lot of things to improve,” concluded the Arsenal coach. / Telegraph /