Europa: Arteta delighted with Arsenal outstanding feat

Mikel Arteta is still celebrating his wards outstanding feat in the Europa League contest.

Arsenal made it two wins out of two in the Europa League with an easy 3-0 victory over Dundalk in Group B.

“I’m really pleased with the way we went about the game. It’s always a danger that you feel it could be a comfortable game and then you make it really complicated. That wasn’t the case. I think our attitude from the beginning was spot on. We knew they were going to use a really low block and what we had to do, I think we did it better [than against Rapid Vienna].

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“We were insistent on the way we attacked. We generated a lot of situations in the box and we got the right goals in the right moments. After that, we could manage the situation. Overall, the fact that we gave the chance to a lot of players who haven’t played many minutes this season is something that’s really positive because they showed that they are well prepared, they are at it and they are ready when we need them.

We had everybody involved because we know how these games can turn around but obviously there are a lot of games coming up. It’s not because they don’t deserve to play, it’s because there are a lot of players who needed minutes and opportunities. We used them, they’ve done well, so now let’s prepare for Old Trafford.

On his impression on Dundalk’s performance, he said: “I didn’t know how they were going to play. They’ve been playing 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 all season and I knew they could come here after what I’d seen the last few weeks – and then play with five at the back. We were prepared for that but they are a really committed team again. The way they go about every ball, they try hard and credit to them for what they’ve done in the last few months. I’m happy to beat them.

They were dedicated to playing out from the back. Could you appreciate how they kept persisting with it?

I think it’s their style, it’s their philosophy, and the fact that they tried to do it shows the personality that their coaching staff have and how much the players believe in them. I think that’s a really positive thing to show, that it doesn’t matter where they can adapt the way they play. Again, their style of play doesn’t change.

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