The Arsenal coach returned to the great success of his men this Wednesday evening against Lens (6-0).
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appreciated “aggression and determination» of his players during the offensive demonstration against Lens (6-0), Wednesdaysynonymous with qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with first place in the group as a bonus.
“I hadn’t even dreamed of that! We had the opportunity to qualify with first place in the group, we did it in a convincing way against a really good team», Rejoiced the Gunners coach at a press conference.
“From the start, the team showed a lot of aggression and determination to move forward. Everything went well, especially the first thirty minutes. I’m very happy that we won this match, we did the job.» Arsenal already led 4-0 in the 27th minute against an overwhelmed Lensois, guilty of fatal defensive errors.
This is the largest defeat of a French club in European competition since that inflicted by Parma on Bordeaux (6-0) in March 1999 in the UEFA Cup, according to statistician Opta.
Arteta particularly liked the rage to win displayed by his players, notably Gabriel Jesus who celebrated a tackle at the end of the match as if he had scored. “When the team has this body language, experiencing every action and every match the way we do, it portends good things», welcomed the technician. “It’s like the fans, they want more. They celebrated it and they play every ball with us. When there’s that connection, it’s really powerful. The team wants to win, not concede anything and that is the mentality we need to become better“, he continued.