Mikel Arteta declines to talk about Arsenal’s top-four opportunities
REPORT: Arsenal originate from behind to go up to eighth in the Premier League
Mikel Arteta is still declining to put a target on a season which has shown an enormous upturn considering that a Boxing Day success over Chelsea.
The Gunners went up to eighth in the Premier League table after a 3-1 victory at Southampton simply three days after losing on the south coast in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Stuart Armstrong had smashed Southampton ahead with a fine early strike however the visitors would lead at the period thanks to objectives from Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka. Alexandre Lacazette would wrap up the points later.
Mikel Arteta is still refusing to put a target on a season which has shown a huge upturn
Arsenal protected an impressive 3-1 win over Southampton to move up to 8th on Tuesday
Although Arsenal have actually now won five of their last 6 league video games, Arteta stated: ‘I do not want to take a look at the table.
‘ I want to take a look at ourselves, how we can improve, the factor we are playing much better and winning football matches.
‘ Tomorrow is another day, train, enhance in many locations and see where we get.’
The Arsenal employer dedicated their resurgence win at St Mary’s to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who is missing due to individual factors.
The Gunners skipper was missing out on for both games against Saints having actually left the team just hours before Saturday’s cup defeat.
Asked about Aubameyang’s situation, Arteta replied: ‘I loved how they support each other and how they safeguard each other. Auba is having a hard time and we are all behind him. This win was for him.’
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette tapped home from close range to put video game beyond Saints
For Southampton, the defeat indicates they have actually won simply among their last 7 league video games.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men were nowhere near the levels which saw them knock the holders out of the FA Cup on Saturday as his small squad has a hard time under the pressure of a condensed fixture list.
He was not able to call on first-choice full backs Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters due to suspension and injury, respectively, and admitted Saints require to have more gamers fit to be able to challenge the bigger sides.
‘ We still have 29 points, that is a good idea – the one win protested Liverpool – we understand that we are an excellent group if everything is ideal and we are in a good shape. I’m sure we will play better next week,’ he said.
Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring for Southampton early on but Arsenal came back to win
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‘ We are absolutely running out of players at the minute, I hope a couple of are coming back however at the moment it is like it is, this scenario is not good but it is why we should not be too unfavorable.
‘ We have 29 points, we understood such scenarios might come for us, if we have injuries it definitely injures us more than the leading groups.
‘ Everybody can search for themselves how much it affected the outcome today, we yielded 2 simple objectives in the first half.
‘ The effort was good in the very first half, the quality wasn’t sufficient today to be competitive versus this team.’
Asked if he would like to add another complete back before the transfer window closes on Monday, Hasenhuttl responded: ‘If we have the cash and the possibility to get one, yes I would like to do it.’