Arsenal coach Arteta ‘happy’ with West Brom win
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken of his side’s convincing 6-0 victory over West Brom in the Carabao Cup second round.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Nicolas Pepe, Alexander Lacazette and Bukayo Saka were also on the scoresheet.
Arteta said Air sports: “It was really good. It’s a tough place to come. Scoring six away from the goal and keeping a clean sheet, very happy.
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“The attitude of the team from the start [was good]. We were disappointed not to win both league matches.
âWhen you lose, the most important thing is to win the next game to have confidence. We scored some good goals. “
Arsenal’s last two recruits Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale started the game for the Gunners in what was a complete victory.
“[Odegaard and Ramsdale were] very good, both of you. Martin gives us something different that we don’t have with any other player. Aaron looked very comfortable. He’s a great personality.
“He [Ramsdale] didn’t train much with us. He is a very young goalkeeper who has already done a lot in this league.
The Gunners can still make more signings before the window closes, but Arteta admits he’s more likely to see exits than entries.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen [in the transfer window]. A few more days. Some outings are planned.
“As you say, this [Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac leaving] is speculation. While they’re here, we try to treat everyone the best we can, give them minutes. They have an amazing attitude, so when we can reward them with minutes because they deserve it.
Arteta was thrilled for Aubameyang who gained much needed confidence against the Baggies:
âHe’s a really happy character,â he said. âHe needs that connection with people, with his family, with his friends and with the fans. I think it’s something really positive for him [having fans back in the crowd].
“To get a few minutes and score three goals for his confidence, I think it’s going to be great.”
Arsenal have had a tough start to the season, losing their first two Premier League games to Brentford and Chelsea.
However, Arteta says the spirit is “positive” within the team:
âThe spirit has been really positive to be fair. I’m happy with the result but I’m even happier with the preparation of the last few days as they want to turn the situation around, âsaid the Spaniard.
âThe unity that the players show, how much they want to turn things around. I’m really happy for them and the fans that we can give them something to cheer on today.