Press conference

Arteta on the win, Saka, belief and more

Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta was a happy man after we beat Norwich 5-0 on Boxing Day.

Afterwards, he discussed the performance, the belief in the team, Bukayo Saka's display and more.
Read on for a full transcript of his press conference:
on how pleased he was with today’s performance…
Very happy, it’s not easy to win away from home in the league. The way we performed, how dominant we were from the beginning and the quality that we showed throughout the game, (it was) really impressive today.
on Saka’s sharp performance…
Yes, I think in general - collectively and individually - we had some big performances. You don’t win five-nil away from home if you don’t do that, so I’m really happy with all the boys.
on the improvement to our goal difference recently…
Yes obviously the start was difficult, but we are scoring more goals because we are getting into those positions in much better condition. Every process is done much much better, and I guess better positioning and chances to the strikers. At the moment they are being really effective.
on whether today was a good example of how much we have improved…
Yes, probably. The direction the team is taking, and how we are growing the understanding between players. Obviously they’ve been playing now for a few months together. The unity that we show in general, and the support that we are getting in every ground from our supporters is very much linked with the way we can transmit the way we want to play. So I am really pleased with that as well.

on how important it is that the players are enjoying themselves on the pitch…
That’s what we are here for, to try to create enjoyment, and if they enjoy it then I am sure that people will enjoy watching them play. They are in this moment right now that they really like each other, they enjoy playing with each other, and you can see that on the pitch.

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