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Arteta and Reiss Nelson hail Arsenal's emphatic win over Nottingham Forest.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners ran riot over Nottingham Forest on Sunday to return to the top of the English top-flight standings.

Arsenal boss arteta praises emphatic win over Nottingham Forest  [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Arsenal boss arteta praises emphatic win over Nottingham Forest [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his joy after the Gunners bounced back from Thursday's Europa League loss to PSV Eindhoven to beat Nottingham Forest at the Emirates.

Arteta's side were brutal on Sunday as they ran riot over The Garibaldi, beating them 5-0, thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard, and a brace from Reiss Nelson, who replaced injured Bukayo Saka in the first half.

The emphatic victory moves the north Londoners back to the top of the English top-flight summit, two points above champions Manchester City, while Forest sit bottom following their eighth defeat of the campaign.

'It's great to be top again.'

"I'm really happy, I know how difficult it is to get three points after playing every three days and all the travel and it's great to be top again," Arteta said after the win.

"We had a different speed and purpose right from the off and I'm happy the team did it again today.

"We had the chances and the control and we needed another goal in the first half to have an easier afternoon. But we started the second half well.

Arteta also lauded Reiss Nelson's all-round display after replacing Saka: "Delighted for Reiss. He fully deserved that for how he is doing personally and in training. He has grabbed his opportunity with both hands.

When asked about England winger Saka's injury, the Spaniard answered: "It was a bad challenge and he was not comfortable. No news yet so we will have to wait and see.

"I will look at the league table tonight! We lost it when Man City played and then we are top again so I will look at it tonight."

'Probably one of the best days.'

Arsenal goalscorer Reiss Nelson added while speaking to the BBC: “I thought I was just going to sit on the bench but you never know what happens it in football. Probably one of the best days and I’m delighted for it. When B [Bukayo Saka] went down, it was a terrible sight to see but when I came on I loved every minute of it.

“The gaffer wants us to implement an attacking style of play and that’s what we did.

“It’s a great bunch of lads and I have been here since I was 8. I have always dreamed of being part of a great Arsenal team. This is a great team.

Asked of his thoughts on Pablo Mari, who was among five people stabbed by a knife-wielding man at a shopping centre in Assago, on the outskirts of Milan, on Thursday evening, he replied: “We all said in the group chat when we heard the news that we would hold up Mari’s shirt and hopefully he will see the gesture and know that he is still very much a part of the group."

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