Arsenal’s revival under Mikel Arteta continues after they edged past West Ham 1-0 at the Emirates on Saturday.
It was a hard-fought victory for the Gunners, who have had a tough season. Arteta replaced his compatriot, Unai Emery, earlier in the campaign and he’s finally starting to see positive results.
Bernd Leno’s impressive form has been instrumental to the side’s recent improved performances.
The German made some crucial saves to keep the north Londoners in the game. Arteta wasn’t afraid to give Leno direction, though.
Following a goal kick after Arsenal took the lead, the ex-Manchester City assistant barked at the 28-year-old to pump the ball long.
The Gunners have often looked shaky playing it out from the back and Arteta wasn’t ready to take any chances.
“I’m really happy with the result,” Arteta said after the match.
“The team found a way and big teams do that when they don’t have the best game, the best performance, they found something to grab on and get the win.
“Today we did it with Bernd (Leno), in two or three moments when we needed some of the action form the central defenders, and the players from the bench coming in and making an impact, and winning the game for the team.”
Relegation-threatened West Ham performed well, but David Moyes has a dismal record against Arsenal.
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“I think West Ham were really good in a defensive block,” he added.
“I think they made it hard for us, I didn’t think we moved the ball quick enough today and we weren’t sharp enough.
“We didn’t have the picture as clear as we should have had in the final third to penetrate and be more of a threat.
“We didn’t finish actions at all, I think everything was up there up to the final third and we struggled to find the right pass, which always allows oppositions for transitions and in the first half we lose then ball then we lose areas as well and we allowed them to run.
“After that it probably was a set-piece, a long ball, and we’re suffering but we will improve and you can always improve by winning.”
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