Mikel Arteta was proud of his Arsenal players after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley, praising them for their ‘commitment and attitude’ in seeing out a cagey affair.
The Gunners left Turf Moor with all three points thanks to Martin Odegaard’s superb first-half free-kick, securing a second consecutive clean sheet and victory for the previously faltering Gunners. The result lifts the north Londoners up to 13th position, following their disastrous opening three games.
And Arteta was delighted with Arsenal’s performance at the final whistle, applauding his players for the ‘fight’ they showed against a ‘tough’ Burnley outfit.
“It was a really hard-fought victory in a place that is really tough to come and win,” Arteta said. “You have to be ready for a fight. They do really well what they do. We started really well, we had some big phases where we saw a lot of things I wanted as a team.
“[Burnley] split the two blocks very much and then you have to defend crosses and long balls and we did that really well. The commitment and the attitude that my players showed throughout the game is the most pleasing thing for me.”
Arteta also discussed the controversial VAR incident, which saw referee Anthony Taylor reverse his initial decision to award Burnley a penalty, following a collision between Matej Vydra and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in the penalty area.
The Spaniard said that the assistant immediately realised the initial decision was incorrect, while adding that he hoped his players would take some much-needed confidence from their second victory in two games.
“The assistant was saying straight away it’s not a penalty. You have to overturn that.
“Hopefully this can build confidence and trust and belief that we can win in difficult matches. We need more consistency on that.”