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Arteta points to ‘most pleasing thing’ from Arsenal’s win over Burnley

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The north London side sealed a second successive victory on Saturday, and it seems they’ve finally found some fluency.

Mikel Arteta has pointed out “the most pleasing thing” from Arsenal’s victory over Burnley in the Premier League.

Arsenal beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor, further extending their unbeaten run at a stadium in which they haven’t suffered defeat since 1973.

It was Martin Odegaard who snatched the winner with a perfectly-placed free-kick, but it was due to collective effort that the Gunners were able to grind out a win.

Gabriel Magalhaes made a vital tackle to deny Ashley Barnes and did an overall excellent job at keeping the opposition attackers at bay. Thomas Partey, who made his first start of the season, largely contributed to the defensive solidity by making a couple of crucial blocks while Aaron Ramsdale made some fine saves.

“A really hard-fought victory in a place that it is tough to come to and win,” Arteta told in his post-match press conference.

“They put you under a lot of pressure but I think we started the game really well, controlling and dominating the game. We had some big phases where I saw a lot of things that we want as a team. We scored the goal, had some opening chances and then there were moments where we lost control and started to give balls away after the second or third pass.

“Then the game becomes open and there is no control. They split the two blocks very much and then you have to defend crosses and long balls. I thought that we did that really, really well.

“We have players that are not in the best quality to play that game but I think that they did terrifically well and the commitment and the attitude that they showed throughout the game to find a way to win was the most pleasing thing for me, after the game.”