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Arteta praises ‘phenomenal’ Arsenal after PSV win

Arsenal returned to the Champions League with a bang after cruising to a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s side ran riot on their first appearance in this competition since 2016/17, scoring four goals without reply to take an early lead at the top of Group B.


Bukayo Saka scored one and created another as Arsenal raced into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes, before the impressive Gabriel Jesus’ fine finish made it three before half-time.

Martin Odegaard’s fierce drive from distance added a fourth for the north Londoners after the break, with Arsenal convincing winners against their Dutch opposition.

“We enjoyed it. From the first minute we went for it,” Arteta told TNT Sports.

“We were really good in both boxes and in the Champions League when you are really good in both boxes you have a chance.

“In between the boxes there are things to improve but inside the boxes we were phenomenal.”

Arteta made a number of second-half substitutions with one eye on this weekend’s north London derby against Spurs and the Spaniard admits his squad are giving him selection ‘headaches’.

“Good headaches. It is probably the hardest thing in the job [to leave players out] because you get emotionally attached to them. It has been a beautiful journey with them.”

On how he would celebrate his first Champions League win as a manager, Arteta added: “Enjoy tonight, go home and have a nice late dinner with my wife. I will enjoy the moment, enjoy the victory and tomorrow I will focus on Spurs because we have a big game coming up.”

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