Mikel Arteta praised his “phenomenal” Arsenal facet for exhibiting maturity regardless of his youth through the hard-fought 1-0 win at Chelsea.
Gabriel scored the winner to return the Gunners to the highest of the Premier League and protect Arteta’s unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge, with the Spaniard however on the verge of being crushed at Chelsea since taking the reins in December 2019.
The central defender pushed a probing effort from Bukayo Saka over the street for the one objective of the sport within the 63rd minute at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have the youngest squad within the league, with a median staff age of 24.7 (of gamers who’ve performed within the prime flight this season) in comparison with 27.7 for the Blues.
And the Spanish coach was happy with the composure and maturity of his youthful squad.
“I used to be actually impressed,” Arteta mentioned. “We’re a younger staff, however immediately we confirmed a whole lot of maturity, a whole lot of composure, a whole lot of braveness to play on this stage as we have now.
“That is straightforward to say, however truly very tough to do. I feel the fellows have been completely phenomenal immediately.”
Arsenal successfully contained the danger posed by the house facet, who lacked cohesion up entrance and accomplished the 90 minutes with simply two pictures on the best way.
Regardless of Arsenal’s victory in west London in opposition to a Chelsea staff that had beforehand solely misplaced one recreation underneath supervisor Graham Potter, Arteta was unwilling to insist that his facet turn into title contenders.
“We’re immediately. However in soccer, immediately and tomorrow it is extremely completely different. So let’s take pleasure in (this) time,” he acknowledged.
Arteta added: “Simply take a look at the final six years, what Manchester Metropolis have executed. With the very best coach on the planet, the very best staff on the planet.
“They’ve proven it constantly in each competitors. We’ve to be very, very respectful of that.
“We’re enhancing lots as a staff and competing significantly better. We’re getting superb outcomes in the meanwhile, however that is lengthy, lengthy.”
Potter wants his Chelsea look to make use of the loss as motivation to maintain going, with simply two video games remaining earlier than the World Cup winter break, and admits he was left indignant with the end result and the efficiency.
He mentioned: “(It is all the time) (disappointing and irritating) to lose a recreation like we did.
“We huffed and puffed, I feel, however you may see the distinction within the two groups when it comes to belief, when it comes to the factors they’d, when it comes to construction and dealing collectively.
“We aren’t in a unbelievable second as we communicate. As a lot as it isn’t good to say, Arsenal deserved to win the sport and so they have been the higher staff general, so we have now to take that and use it as motivation to enhance.”