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Arteta delighted Arsenal have now found resilience.

Mikel Arteta's side are now four points clear following an outstanding start to the campaign which has seen them register nine wins from 10 Premier League games.



Arsenal boss Arteta hails his Gunners after win over Leeds [Getty]
Arsenal boss Arteta hails his Gunners after special win over Leeds [Getty]

Bukayo Saka now has four goals and registered five assists this season.


Mikel Arteta heaped praise on Arsenal’s consistency after they registered their 9th win of the 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a narrow win over Leeds United.


The match between the Gunners and the Whites at Elland Road was halted after 23 seconds of play because of a power cut, which meant referee Chris Kavanagh lost communication with the video assistant referee (VAR) officials, and goalline technology went down as well.



After about 40 minutes, the game restarted and the in-form Bukayo Saka scored the winning goal as he pounced on Rodrigo's loose pass before exchanging passes with captain Martin Odegaard and hitting the net from close range.

Leeds had a few chances but the best was when they were awarded a penalty as William Saliba was adjudged to have handled the ball, however, Patrick Bamford fired wide, and Arsenal ran out winners to extend their position at the top of the league.



There was drama in stoppage time when Kavanagh sent off Arsenal's Gabriel for kicking out at Leeds striker Patrick Bamford and awarded the hosts a penalty, but both decisions were overturned by the referee after he reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor.

'Something special for Arsenal.'

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, Arteta said: "It is very special for us, to have that level of consistency, to win in many different contexts. Today was a very special context after Thursday, after coming here, then no power, then the delay, with the VAR decision, with the way we have suffered in the second half, I think this team deserves some credit.


"I think we started really well, we had some terrific moments, we should have put two or three in the net but we didn’t and in the second half it was very different. A match more like what we expected, the way they play and the atmosphere you expect in this stadium.


"After that, it was survive, we showed a lot of resilience and willingness to win especially going back to Norway on a Thursday night and then coming here, I am so proud of the boys, that is how you have to win football matches.



"Credit to our goalkeeper, and VAR was in the right place and with the power on it to make the right decision at the end that could have changed the game."



On Bukayo Saka, who has now scored four and registered five assists so far this season, the Spaniard proclaimed: "He is full of confidence, top quality, a really difficult execution from that angle, that’s what we want from our players."

When asked about their second-half display, he said: "We put ourselves in big trouble, we started to lose one or two balls and they generated that momentum, that chaotic circle that is difficult to get away from, and we struggled."



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