Mikel Arteta stopped to speak exclusively to Arsenal Player as he left Stade Velodrome following our 1-0 win over Marseille.

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Mikel, how big a win was that?
It is a massive win for us. When you win away from home in the Champions League it makes a big difference. The group is really tight at the moment so this is a massive victory because it puts us in the lead. Now we have the next two games at home so hopefully we can do the job right.

How has the team improved?
We are happier because we are playing much more as a team. Defensively we have improved so much and in the second half they hardly created anything. We were much more compact and that comes from the work we've been doing in training. Hopefully we can build on that because know we've got the talent and with this togetherness around the team we're going to get good results.

You seemed to have a strong foundation against Marseille.
We know we are capable of creating chances and now we are doing the basics right. Everybody is working hard, we are getting the ball back quickly and when that happens it is difficult to beat us.

It's Stoke on Sunday. What are your early thoughts on that game?

It is a really tough game coming up. We know how strong physically Stoke are, they always put you in trouble and it is going to be tough. We have to make sure we recover well for Sunday because we know we need to win every game.

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20 Oct 2011