The Gunners moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey sealed a 2-0 victory over the Merseyside team on Saturday.
The Frenchman was particularly pleased to see his side keep the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at bay as they sealed only their third clean sheet of the season in the league.
According to Metro, he said:
Our defensive performance was outstanding.
We kept Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and then Philippe Coutinho quiet and for that our defenders deserve a lot of credit.
It was vital to win, I said that before the game and I don’t change my mind, because had we not won people would say “yes, Arsenal at home they cannot win the big games”.
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It is done, in a convincing way. We had a good solidarity, a good focus, and I believe we have plenty of other big games coming up and this will help us deal well with them.
Tactically we dealt well with what Liverpool offered us today in the first half.
We stopped them from playing and overall we are defensively a better team.
It was a great performance from the Gunners against Liverpool and it was all built on a solid defensive display. The central defensive partnership of Mertesacker and Koscielny were very good and combined well together.
Mertesacker’s reading of the game, tackling and positional sense was outstanding and he managed to keep Suarez quiet for most part of the game. Koscielny too was impressive and combined well with the German and used his pace to cover for Gibbs and Sagna when they were on attack.
Before the Liverpool game, I was a bit worried that we might miss Flamini badly but Arteta’s excellent performance against Liverpool proved that he can be as effective as the Frenchman in that role. He was brilliant and protected our back line through the whole game; squeezing Liverpool’s attacking players and not allowing them space.
Overall it was a great game for the Gunners defensively who are often known for their defensive frailties. If our defence can continue to perform in this way throughout the season then the end of our trophy drought is not too far away. Dortmund are up next and it will be a stern test for our defence but if they can deal with the Premier League’s most deadly strike force then why not Lewandowski and co.
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