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Arteta on the victory against Chelsea: ‘This was a big day for us’

Sun 27 December 2020 | 6:59

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised his side's performance against Chelsea.

On a night they needed to win more than ever,

Arsenal

managed to beat

Chelsea

3-1 with a very good performance to take the pressure off

Mikel Arteta

and his team, at least for a short time.

Arsenal boss

Mikel Arteta

, has been under a lot of pressure in recent weeks.

In a post-match interview with

BBC Sport

, he said:

"The result is the main thing today, we really needed that win. We have been unlucky and frustrated with our results in the last eight weeks so this was a big day for us.

"From the first whistle, you could see the team had the energy and willingness to come out and win the game.

"The spirit before the game was really positive, they really wanted it. I am pleased for the players and for the supporters. We have let them down for many weeks so it was a good day to give them something to cheer about.

"When we gave the penalty away I couldn't believe it - it's the magnificent game called football. It can always surprise you."

Arteta believes the victory against Chelsea is a ‘turning point’ for them.

He told

Sky Sports

:

"It doesn't get any better than winning a London derby against Chelsea on Boxing Day. Hopefully, this is a turning point. I know they can play at this level. We know how good Chelsea are but in big moments in the game we were the better team.

"The injuries, the Covid, playing 10 men...you start to think what do we need to win a match.

"It's nice to give something back to fans because I can imagine they have been really disappointed. We started well and we were dominant. That gives the team confidence. Let's carry on. We still have big things to improve on."

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