Mikel Arteta savours Arsenal's first league win at Stamford Bridge since 2011

Emile Smith Rowe capitalised on a Chelsea mistake to score the only goal of the game.

Emile Smith Rowe scored his first ever Premier League goal at the weekend against West Brom. (Image Credit: Twitter/@Arsenal)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was certainly elated following his side’s first league win at Chelsea’s home ground Stamford Bridge since 2011. The Gunners delivered a resolute defensive display against the Blues, which helped keep alive their hopes of European football next season. Arteta hailed the performance of his players, praising the spirit shown by his side in recording a 1-0 victory. The Spaniard will be looking to maintain the same performance in the remaining few matches of the season.

“Yes, it’s been ten years I think since we won here so I think it’s a really important result for the club, for our fans and also for our players, because I think they showed how much they mean it. (They showed) the spirit and the attitude that they have among the group and how much they care about it,” said Arteta as quoted by Arsenal’s official website.

The former Arsenal player termed the performance of the players as a reaction for the outside world.

“Probably for the outside world it was (a reaction), but they don’t have to show anything to me because I see them every day, how they prepare, how professional they are, and how much they try. But probably from the outside, yes, it was a big message,” he stated.

European spot mathematically possible

Arteta backed Arsenal to secure a European spot.

“Well it’s mathematically possible, we keep saying that, so we have to give ourselves the best chance in the last games to see if that’s achievable,” he said.

The Arsenal manager has expressed a desire to prepare the best possible way to win every game.

“What we are trying to do is to prepare the best possible way to win every game, with the players that we have, with the amount of games that they have played and how much they are trying. Next season will be a different season, we have to focus on trying to do our best now because it will have an impact on next season,” concluded Arteta.

The Premier League is experiencing a lot of competition in recent times, with teams fighting hard to seal spots in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.




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