Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hopeful his ‘big win’ over Chelsea will give the players even more confidence.
Arsenal made a short trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday in their final Premier League game. The north London side secured a 1-0 win, with Gabriel Magalhaes’ second-half goal giving them three points and inflicting a defeat on the Blues.
After a goalless first half, Arsenal found the lead and would be the winner in the 63rd minute. A cheeky Bukayo Saka shot from an Arsenal corner beat everyone at the near post and Gabriel headed the ball into the second stick.
Arsenal then finished the game to secure a deserved win, with the Gunners looking like the better team all night.
Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal’s win over Chelsea was a ‘big win’
Speaking after the match, Arteta was asked if the win over Chelsea was a big win. Arteta admitted that it was a great victory against the best rivals.
“Great victory for us. I think it’s another step for us. Coming here against a great opponent, the best world-class players in the whole field, dominating the game and winning it is very significant. Hopefully it will give the boys even more confidence,” the Arsenal manager said. [via Football.London].
Arsenal dominated the game against Chelsea, who were the second best team throughout the game. The Gunners dominated possession with 56% of the ball. Arsenal also recorded 14 shots, of which two were on target.
Chelsea, meanwhile, had 44% of the possession and had five shots, but could only register one shot on goal.
Meanwhile, the victory returned Arsenal to the top of the Premier League points table. Manchester City briefly held the spot after their 2-1 win over Fulham on Saturday. But Arsenal regained first place with their victory over Chelsea.
Arsenal now have 34 points from 13 Premier League games so far this season. That’s two more points than second-placed Manchester City have earned so far in the English top flight this season.
Man City have 32 points from 13 games, while Newcastle United are third with 27 points from 14 games. Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Sunday, round out the top four with 26 points from 14 games.