Mikel Arteta revels in Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli partnership after Arsenal beat Chelsea

Mikel Arteta had plenty to enjoy in Arsenal’s win over Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had numerous reasons to be cheerful after watching his side beat Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, but he was especially pleased with his exciting left flank. made up of Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli.

The Gunners sprung a surprise over their London rivals and comprehensively beat them at the Emirates, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka.

Martinelli was making his first Premier League start of the season after recovering from a serious knee injury and looked threatening throughout, based on the left but drifting into the middle.

Tierney was also impressive from left-back, as he so often is, and won the penalty after being tripped by Reece James, from which Lacazette opened the scoring.

Arteta was excited to see the new partnership on that side of the pitch and was impressed by the natural understanding the youngsters from Scotland and Brazil have clearly got.

Asked if he was pleased with the duo, Arteta said: ‘Yes. I think both of them were really good. Really good understanding, communication and courage as well.

Martinelli and Tierney celebrate Granit Xhaka’s superb free-kick (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Every time they were attacking they were involved in good actions, so I’m really pleased with them.’

It was a fantastic result for Arteta as his side picked up their first Premier League victory since 1 November when they beat Manchester United.

They climb to 14th in the table with the three points and will be hoping to build on this encouraging performance, in which they could have scored a few more than the three they managed.

‘Well it’s a really important win for us,’ said the Spaniard. ‘Because as I mentioned before some of the performances have not been enough to win football matches and that’s something obviously difficult to handle all the time.

‘We needed the points, that’s for sure, and today we’ve done it against one of the best teams in the league in a really convincing way. That shows you we’re able to do it when we’re at our best.

‘Can we do it every three days? That’s the question mark we need to respond in the next weeks or so, but today we needed that lift. The boys are delighted and of course for our fans because it’s been some difficult weeks.’

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