Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager takes praise after 'special day' in win over Spurs

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Mikel Arteta stated that Arsenal had the "exact mix of senior players as well as youth" to win against Spurs

After his team beat Spurs in the North London derby, Mikel Arteta, Arsenal manager, hailed it as a "special moment".

His team supported a bold prediction by Gael Cllichy, ex-Arsenal defender, that Arteta could be "the next Arsene Weiner".

The Gunners were ablaze with first-half strikes by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka. Spurs responded through Son Heungmin.

Arteta, 39, said that today is an example of what they can accomplish. It's a very special day.

He said, "This win was for the fans. They were there for us when we needed them and now we want to make that connection with the fans."

Arsenal had a difficult start to their season. They lost their first three games and suffered a 5-0 defeat at Man City.

They have won three consecutive wins since the international break.

Arteta said, "I believe in life you should show gratitude." "These people have stood behind this club and these athletes. They are the reason for this win.

Smith Rowe, Goalscorer: "It is probably the most important day of my entire life. It's an amazing feeling to have my family there.

Arteta's influence was also acknowledged by him, saying that "He just tells me to stay calm, the fans give me so much confidence."

From disjointed, to stunning

Clichy, who was a player under Wenger for eight seasons, worked with Arteta as a first-team coach at Manchester City. He believes Arteta has all the qualities necessary to create a legacy at Arsenal.

He said that Arteta had so much knowledge, and he was able to learn from Pep [Guardiola]" on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I believe he could become the next Arsene Weiner in the long-term. He's young and I believe he will prove others wrong.

Wenger was Arsenal's manager from 1996 to 2018. The Gunners won three Premier Leagues as well as seven FA Cups.

He was also the first and only manager to guide a team through an entire Premier League campaign without being defeated in 2004.

Arteta had a remarkable end to his first season as a full-time manager at Emirates. He led the Gunners to victory in 2020 FA Cup and beat Manchester City and Chelsea.

Last year, however, was disappointing with five consecutive wins that ended the campaign. This was a disappointing season.

Arsenal finished eighth, and is without European football for first time in 25 years.

This performance has to be viewed in context, because Spurs were as bad as Arsenal.

Graeme Souness, ex-head of Liverpool, said on Sky Sports: "Spurs were shocking in the first half, Arsenal were fantastic."

"But Spurs?" It was shocking. They were shocking.

This victory elevates Arsenal above Spurs, who have lost their last three games and won three consecutively - but they remain only 10th, a long way behind Chelsea and Manchester City.

October has a lot of attractive fixtures. Perhaps these will provide more information about Arsenal's true identity - and Arteta may be able to add further support for Clichy’s claim.

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