Mikel Arteta was delighted with the ‘aggression’ Arsenal showed after his side beat Sevilla 2-0 to move closer to the Champions League’s knockout rounds.
Arsenal bounced back from their weekend defeat at Newcastle with a convincing win against the Europa League holders in north London, with Leandro Trossard converting from Bukayo Saka’s low cross to open the scoring after 29 minutes.
Saka went from provider to scorer after the break as he latched onto Gabriel Martinelli’s pass to double Arsenal’s advantage.
It proved to be a comfortable night for Arsenal, who are closing on the last-16 in their first Champions League campaign since 2016/17. The Gunners will confirm their place in the knockout rounds if they avoid defeat to Lens at the Emirates on November 29.
“For sure, I’m really happy with the performance from the team,” Arteta reflected to TNT Sports.
“They showed the aggression and commitment. Even when we lost the ball we were incredibly good to get it back. It’s hard in Europe to control it how we did.
“That’s why we won it. When you let them get set in your own half they are a dangerous team. We only allowed one shot in the 97th minute.
“Takehiro Tomiyasu was feeling something so we didn’t want to take a risk. Bukayo Saka, it’s a knock.
“The way we played in Newcastle I was really happy with so it was more about winning [this time]. I’m really happy.”