Press conference

'It's a big week, and we've started positively'


There was a lot for Mikel Arteta to like in our victory against Chelsea - but now he says we must build on that and repeat the trick at Brighton.

Our manager has spoken of how this period could be defining for our season, and is conscious that we need a big performance at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday.

"We mentioned earlier in the week that it was a big week for us: we've started in a really positive way, now let's carry on," he said.

"But we know how tough the Premier League is and to win matches is complicated and it doesn't matter where they are at the moment. It will be a fight and we have to be ready for that.

"I saw a lot of things that I really liked from the start [against Chelsea]. One of them is the courage that we have to play and the energy that we showed and how aggressive we were with the ball and the energy that the team was transmitting in a football match.

"We were very direct, we were playing forward and we were really attacking. There was a lot of movement, the spaces were always occupied and we were a threat in behind. There were a lot of things. But it depends on the players, it depends on the opponents but on Saturday it was close to a lot of things that we want, for sure."

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