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'Straight away': Mikel Arteta shares what Arsenal players did moments after Tottenham Hotspur scored on Saturday, he 'loved' it
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'Straight away': Mikel Arteta shares what Arsenal players did moments after Tottenham Hotspur scored on Saturday, he 'loved' it

Mikel Arteta has admitted he loved the reaction from his Arsenal squad after Tottenham Hotspur’s goal on Saturday.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website after the match, Arteta was clearly thrilled to have beaten his local rivals.

Arsenal were on top for large portions of Saturday’s North London derby, and ran out deserved 3-1 winners.

They were the better side in the opening exchanges, and took the lead thanks to a long-range Thomas Partey strike.

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They were pegged back before the half-time break though, with Harry Kane scoring another derby penalty.

Gabriel Magalhaes committed the foul on Richarlison, although Granit Xhaka later took responsibility for the mistake.

However, it was Arsenal’s reaction to Tottenham’s goal that Arteta loved after the match.

Arteta: ‘I loved the reaction of the team’

Arteta was delighted after the game, saying: “The way we started, we were really aggressive, we were really determined.

“We had good connection, good quality and good intensity in our play, and I could sense that we were up for it. 

“Then we conceded the goal and I loved the reaction of the team.

“To straight away refocus and get the direction, everything was going in the direction we wanted and we sustained the level and we won the game.”

Arsenal fans couldn’t have asked for much more from the squad against their biggest rivals.

It was a high-pressure game, with both teams setting their sights on the top of the table.

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However, it was Mikel Arteta’s side who prevailed, with some massive performances put in across the pitch.

Matt Upson named Thomas Partey as his man of the match, and the Ghanaian is vital to Arteta’s set up.

Captain Martin Odegaard though teammate Granit Xhaka was fantastic, and his goal sealed the result for the Gunners.

Tottenham’s goal could have easily been a turning point in the match, a scenario Arsenal fans have seen in the past.

But as Arteta said after the game, Arsenal reaction after the Tottenham goal was perfect.

The team didn’t let their heads drop, and controlled the match throughout.

The Emirates hasn’t hosted Champions League football since 2017.

Arsenal fans might already be dreaming about hearing that iconic anthem at the stadium once again next season.

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