‘They really want it’: Arteta’s Arsenal are motivated ahead of title charge

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was ‘really happy’ with his side’s performance at Turf Moor at the weekend.

Goals from Odegaard, Saka (two), Trossard, and Havertz secured another huge result in the Gunners’ title push.

Arsenal have scored 21 goals in the Premier League since the turn of the year and conceded just two, giving them the highest goal difference in the league.

Having fallen short towards the back-end of last season, Arsenal are looking to go one step further this time around, and are showing a higher level of maturity this year.

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“The contribution of every single player has been very, very good, and the fact that the team looked like they wanted more,” Arteta said.

“They weren’t satisfied, they wanted to score more, they didn’t want to concede a goal, so I’m really pleased to keep that consistency. We want to dominate the game and play in the opponent’s half as much as possible.

“I think the threat, the purpose, the activity, and the connections of the players at the moment are flowing. They really want it. We have momentum now, and we have to maintain it.”

Gunners’ skipper Martin Odegaard had a great game at Turf Moor, getting his 5th goal and 6th assist of the league campaign.

Mikel Arteta was satisfied with the way his captain led by example on the pitch, saying: “confidence-wise, he’s in a really good moment.”

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard starred for the Gunners

“Physically as well, the way he applied himself, defending, attacking, the connections, and the moments he gave us in that right-hand side is really good.”

“We are showing a high efficiency at the moment in front of goal. Especially the purpose, we always want to play forward and be a threat.

“The players have fun and they feel really connected at the moment. That’s a different story because it gives us much more tranquillity to finish the games off.”

Young star Bukayo Saka also enjoyed a great performance in east Lancashire, with the 22-year-old netting a brace with goals either side of half-time.

Bukayo Saka lit up the Turf Moor pitch on Saturday

“He has good ability and he trains a lot, in many different situations when he’s in and around the box, and today he had two brilliant finishes again,” Arteta said.

On whether the recent form of Manchester City star Phil Foden pushes Saka on to keep improving, the Gunners’ boss said: “I have no clue. That’s a question for him, but I don’t think Bukayo needs much motivation.”

The Gunners’ next match sees them travel to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against the Dragons, and Arteta wants to see more of the same from his players.

“Now we leave the Premier League and we go to Porto, which we know will be a really tough environment and game to play against. Just prepare well, go again, and be ourselves.”

Arsenal will also look to continue their perfect form in their next six Premier League fixtures:

  • Newcastle United (H)
  • Sheffield United (A)
  • Brentford (H)
  • Chelsea (H)
  • Manchester City (A)
  • Luton Town (H)