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Mikel Arteta pleased with Arsenal win over Sheffield United.

Mikel Arteta's Gunners seal 2-1 victory against Sheffield United.

Arteta pleased with Arsenal win over the Blades [Getty]
Arteta pleased with Arsenal win over the Blades [Getty]

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was happy his team "attacked with purpose and created issues for" Sheffield United on Sunday.

The Gunners beat the Blades 2-1 at the Emirates stadium, thanks to second half goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicholas Pepe.

David McGoldrick pulled one back from Chris Wilder's side but they didn't do enough to complete a comeback.

Speaking after the match, the Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: "I am really pleased against a difficult opponent. We had total control in the first half. We attacked with purpose and created issues for them. But it is the Premier League and you need to score the third. We needed to hang in there.

"We have good options upfront. The way the game was developing I knew Auba would be a threat. I demand that everyone in the squad makes an impact."

Speaking of goalscorer Bukayo Saka, he said: "I am very impressed. I did not expect a header from him. It is a new thing for him."

On defender Hector Bellerin, Arteta replied: "He is improving day by day. Defensively he is doing a lot of work. It is great. We need full-backs to add creativity in the final third."

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