Arteta delighted with Arsenal attitude for victory at Crystal Palace: We were hungry | OneFootball

Arteta delighted with Arsenal attitude for victory at Crystal Palace: We were hungry

Logo: Tribal Football

Tribal Football

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was delighted with the attitude of his players for their opening night Premier League win at Crystal Palace.

Arsenal produced an energetic performance that was rewarded when Gabriel Martinelli nodded in a 20th-minute opener from new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko's headed assist.

Then Palace defender Marc Guehi inadvertently headed Bukayo Saka's fierce cross into his own goal late on.

"I have had this feeling for the first few weeks since the boys started pre-season. They are ready, they look hungry, with that mentality that they really want to win," Arteta said.

"The team came here to play the way we wanted to play - we were dominant, we were a threat, we were really lively and sharp from the beginning. Then when we felt under pressure we coped with that with resilience.

"Coming out of this game with three points and with a really positive start, it is tough to come here.

"We had some really good moments, especially in the first half, where we probably should have scored another one or two.

"And I am really pleased as well because there are going to be moments here where the game becomes really physical, they are going to put you under pressure, and we managed to deal with that.

"The team came here to play the way we wanted to play - we were dominant, we were a threat, we were really lively and sharp from the beginning. Then when we felt under pressure we coped with that with resilience.

"I have had this feeling for the first few weeks since the boys started pre-season. They are ready, the look hungry, with that mentality that they really want to win.

"Clean sheet in this league is crucial to win football matches. When you do that you have big chances to win football matches."

He added, "Gabriel Jesus has the fear factor: he is always on your shoulder, he's never standing still, he's always moving and he's so sharp. He has the intuition to get the ball off you so it's difficult for defenders."

Support Tribal Football by losing weight and getting yourself healthy - click here for Exipure.

Mentioned in this article

View publisher imprint