Arsenal boss Arteta revealed his delight at the competition within his side.

Arsenal extended their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games, with a 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.


Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta [GETTY]
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta [GETTY]

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he is happy with the “unity, the courage and the development of the team” after the Gunners secured a narrow win over Watford on Sunday afternoon, extending their Premier League unbeaten run to eight games.


England international Bukayo Saka thought his early goal gave the north London side the lead, only to see his goal ruled out for offside, while captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s spot-kick was saved by keeper Ben Foster.


But, Emile Smith-Rowe’s 56th-minute strike sealed a 1-0 victory for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners moved up to the fifth spot in the Premier League table.


Aubameyang was denied another opportunity to make it 2-0 due to an offside call 20 minutes towards the end of the game. And in the end, the homeside had to settle for the narrow win.


Following the victory over Claudio Ranieri’s Hornets, the Spaniard revealed his delight at the competition within his side.


Speaking to BBC Match of the Day on reaching 100 games as manager, Arteta replied: "I'm just a baby in management when I compare myself to someone like Claudio [Ranieri] for example. I am so honoured to be where I am."

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On his side's improvement this season, he said: "It shows the unity, the courage and the development of the team. We have achieved good results in the last two months but there is still a lot to do.

On Watford's complaints that Arsenal should have given the ball back before Emile Smith Rowe's goal, the 39-year-old asserted: "I understand. Claudio mentioned it to me after the game but what can I say? It was never bad intentioned. It is not an intention."


On going 10 games unbeaten, Arteta replied: "I feel a lot of unity around the club, among the players. I can see the players, the day before a match they are excited to play at the Emirates and the players on the bench are desperate to come in."


The only manager in Arsenal’s history to pick up more wins than the Arteta from their first 100 games at the helm is George Graham (56).



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