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Spotted: Mikel Arteta did something on the touchline on 41 minutes that epitomises Arsenal at the moment

It was a tight old affair for Arsenal as they nudged their way past West Ham to keep their top four hopes well and truly alive.

Goals from Rob Holding and Gabriel were enough to ensure that a Jarrod Bowen goal didn’t mean anything in the end for the Hammers. Bowen had equalised just before half-time, sending Arsenal into the dressing room on a bit of a downer.

However, they huffed, puffed, and scrapped away in the second period, and you only had to look at Mikel Arteta’s behaviour on the touchline to get a sense of what he wanted from his team. Indeed, those eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed in the 41st minute that Arteta went somewhat missing from his technical area.

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Just after Aaron Ramsdale made a brilliant save to keep out Declan Rice’s header, as Arsenal tried to clear, Arteta went sprinting down the touchline a good 20-25 yards, gesturing with his arms for his team to push out as quick as they could and pen the Hammers back in.

That moment was one of a few you could have picked out from Arteta on the day. He seemed to never rest on the sidelines, and ultimately, his intensity reminded people of a certain Pep Guardiola.

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If ever a manager was showing his involvement in the game and earning his money over 90 minutes, it was Mikel Arteta yesterday.

The Spaniard was everywhere on that touchline. This particular moment was bordering on amusing. But in all seriousness, it showed how quick he is to react to situations and what he wants from his players.

Arteta is slowly building something at Arsenal. He’s had three massive wins on the bounce now and if he does beat Conte and Tottenham to fourth, it will be a huge achievement.

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