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Mikel Arteta: 'We believed we could win at Old Trafford'

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Mikel Arteta (Getty Images)
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said his side played "with a lot of courage and big personality" to see off rivals Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Gunners were clearly the better side and they should have scored a couple of goals before half time.

It remained goalless but Arsenal got their breakthrough in the 69th minute. Hector Bellerin was brought down in the penalty area by Paul Pogba to gift the Gunners a penalty.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted the spot-kick and that eventually proved to be the difference between the sides.

This win is Arsenal’s third of the season, and it moves them up to eighth in the table. It was a very disciplined away performance as they gradually got the better of Man Utd.

After the game, Arteta told BBC MOTD that he was pleased by Arsenal’s “big personality” performance against the Red Devils.

“I wanted to keep [their record at Old Trafford] quiet from the players. I wanted to generate belief and I asked them to be who we are as a team right now.

“I’m delighted because we played with a lot of courage and big personality.

“They played a really tricky formation with four midfielders and two that constantly strain your back four. We could have scored twice in the first half and when we scored the goal we had to manage those moments. There was high stress, it is different to any other ground.

“Individually you have to win the fights and step up to the occasion and the performance of every player today was top drawer.”

- TEAMtalk media

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