Premier League Side, Arsenal had pulled through a suprising and comfortable win against the Blues Chelsea.
The defeat was a shocking blow for Chelsea who have lost three of their last four league games which is not good timing, either, for Frank Lampard going into a period of the season when Roman Abramovich often finds the time to watch the team he has invested so heavily in. The form of some expensive recruits, such as Timo Werner, who was substituted at half-time, was shocking and almost as damaging as the result was the poverty of the performance. It is 10 games without a goal for Werner while those around him were strangely flat.
Chelsea did not get going until it was over which worried Lampard who was furious on the touchline, not least in sending his team out early for the second-half when he made two substitutions. By then Arsenal were two goals in front and deservedly so with Martinelli and Smith Rowe having already missed chances.
Arteta, the Gunners manager faced the media following the Chelsea game and the main talking point from his press conference was about the performance from his side.
“Well it’s a really important win for us,” Arteta told the reporters.
“Because as I mentioned before some of the performances have not been enough to win football matches and that’s something obviously difficult to handle all the time.
“We needed the points, that’s for sure, and today we’ve done it against one of the best teams in the league in a really convincing way. That shows you we’re able to do it when we’re at our best.
Can we do it every three days? That’s the question mark we need to respond in the next weeks or so, but today we needed that lift.
The boys are delighted and of course for our fans because it’s been some difficult weeks.”
Suddenly they are not in the relegation mausoleum and Arteta did not look like a dead man walking. The win took them just one place up the Premier League table, to 14th, but it felt like a major step forward.