Mikel Arteta suggested that his Arsenal players deserve “a lot of credit” for their 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday.
Leicester made a bright start as they went ahead after just six minutes. Some shoddy defending from Arsenal allowed Youri Tielemans to advance down the right-wing. He made it into the area before he found the far corner with a sweet strike.
The Gunners did respond well to going behind, though. They grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 39th-minute. Willian was the creator, as he did well to find David Luiz in the box with a free-kick. The defender guided his header past Kasper Schmeichel to make it 1-1.
The first half drama was not done there, as Arsenal took the lead in stoppage time. Wilfred Ndidi blocked Nicolas Pepe’s shot with his hand and Paul Tierney rightly pointed to the spot.
Alexandre Lacazette stepped up to take it and he smashed the ball into the net to turn the game on its head. The visitors made it three just after half time. A rapid counter-attack was finished off by Pepe from close range.
This impressive victory comes after the Gunners advanced in the Europa League against Benfica on Thursday. They are now eight points behind West Ham in fourth.
Speaking post-match with BT Sport, as cited by BBC Sport, Arteta insisted that this win made him”really proud” of his players:
“Considering the level we were facing, to do what we’ve done today, the players deserve a lot of credit. I’m really proud of my players.
“Coming into this game I was concerned; we’ve played a lot of games. But let’s not talk about fatigue. We just got on with it.
“They’re one of the most dangerous teams in the league to play once you go behind against them. The reaction was terrific the team looked really mature. We played some excellent stuff.
“Nicolas Pepe has been really consistent. This is what we want from him. He creates chances. I’m really pleased with him and all the senior players.
“It’s unacceptable the position we are in. We have to improve this dramatically. The only way we can do that is to win games.”