Mikel Arteta admitted he was impressed with his side’s fighting qualities after his side secured a victory at Burnley which sealed back-to-back Premier League victories.
The Gunners held on for three hard-fought points as Martin Odegaard’s first-half free-kick sealed a vitally important win for the North London club at Turf Moor.
Arsenal were grateful to referee Anthony Taylor to overturn his decision to award Burnley a second-half penalty, which allowed them to continue their first league win of the season against Norwich with three more points.
Arteta said: “It was a hotly contested victory in a really tough place to win. You must be ready for a fight.
“They do what they do really well. We started very well, we had big phases where we saw a lot of things that I wanted as a team.
“(Burnley) split the two blocks a lot and then you have to defend crosses and long balls and we did it really well.
“The commitment and attitude that my players showed throughout the game is the most enjoyable thing for me.”
Odegaard’s superb 25-yard free-kick, after Ashley Barnes tripped Bukayo Saka, proved decisive.
Burnley was aggrieved by referee Taylor’s half-turn after substitute Matej Vydra fell into the box under challenge from goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, but Arteta insisted that VAR’s intervention resulted in the good choice.
The Spaniard added: “The assistant said right away that it was not a penalty. You have to reverse that.
“I hope it can build confidence and the belief that we can win in tough games. We need more consistency on this.
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