Mikel Arteta opens up on his own "suffering" after Arsenal win two in four days

Mikel Arteta insists two wins in four days has helped change the mood and stopped his own “suffering.”

Gunners supersub Alexandre Lacazette scored the 66th minute winner just 21 seconds after coming on after a brilliant assist from man of the match Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal boss Arteta said: “Any manager it’s hard enough considering the context – it’s been quite a challenge. I’ve suffered in some moments but I have great people around me.

“This period has been so important. We had a tough week, it wasn’t so much about performances but about results yet you need results to start the confidence.

“Now with two wins, everybody is in a better mood. We’ve managed to get through this period while maintaining our team spirit and cohesion. It has been frustrating with defeats and that can affect the team but hopefully we can now go on a runs in a positive direction.”

Mikel Arteta insists two wins in four days has helped change the mood at Arsenal

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Arteta was also full of praise for Lacazette and Saka after the Arsenal teenager shone again for the Gunners before limping off, but they are hopeful it is not serious.

“I think this is what all managers dream of, bringing someone on from the bench and winning you the game,” smiled Arteta.

“Alex been in really good form the last few weeks, been scoring goals, today he had a sore back and could not start the game but we brought him on and he won the game for us which was massively important.

“I think it was a great move, a great piece of play from Bukayo to start the action but to finish and his movement, his touch to create space and it was a brilliant goal.

Arsenal ran out 1-0 winners over Brighton

“Bukayo had a difficult game in the first half because we weren’t using certain movements for him and other attacking players in the right way, he was playing back to goal against a defence with a low block.

“But in the second half we found more space and freedom, had more chances and he showed the ability to unlock the situations and we created four or five big chances and he was involved in most of them.”

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “I thought we played well in the first half but we couldn’t take our chances and we got punished. It’s up to us now to improve.”

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