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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss has no subject with Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko scuffle at finish of Forest win | Soccer Information

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta “cherished” seeing Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko conflict with one another on the finish of his facet’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

The Gunners have been cruising to a straightforward three factors on the Metropolis Floor after second-half objectives from Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka however endured a nervy ending when Taiwo Awoniyi capitalised on a defensive mistake to offer Forest a lifeline.

They noticed out the victory which closed the hole on Premier League leaders Liverpool, however celebrations have been minimize quick when White and Zinchenko needed to be separated after arguing over the objective they conceded.

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Arteta mentioned: “I find it irresistible, they demand extra from one another and they aren’t pleased with the way in which they concede that and they’re attempting to resolve it.

“It was a bit heated, however meaning it isn’t sufficient enjoying the way in which we performed, the outcome must be greater.

“That is pushing one another and being not completely satisfied conceding and I’ve to encourage that and put it up for sale in the proper means and a respectful means.

“Typically after the sport it is emotional and heated, however I really like that the gamers are pushing one another and demanding excellence.”

The victory noticed the Gunners exorcise the ghosts of final season when Might’s 1-0 defeat on the Metropolis Floor noticed their title problem come to an finish – and Arteta was happy to see his facet put that proper.

Bukayo Saka celebrates after doubling Arsenal's lead at Nottingham Forest
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Bukayo Saka celebrates doubling Arsenal’s lead

“I may really feel it, they have been speaking about it coming to that dressing room,” he mentioned. “It actually reminds you, our brains and our bodies are actually clever and coming to the identical state of affairs they know what occurred and so they have been actually lively and engaged and so they have been speaking in regards to the recreation with one another.

“I assumed it was actually good.

“I’m actually pleased with the efficiency and the outcome. We noticed what occurred final yr and we needed to place it proper, we needed to generate some momentum within the league and I assumed we did that.

“The efficiency was excellent, we fully dominated the sport. We needed to be affected person however we at all times had an eye fixed to the opponent, we did not enable them to run.”

Arsenal present character, persistence and fervour

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead at Nottingham Forest
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Gabriel Jesus celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal

Sky Sports activities’ Sam Blitz:

Mikel Arteta demanded his Arsenal workforce present their character at Nottingham Forest – a spot the place many prime groups have faltered.

Since Forest got here as much as the Premier League, they’ve overwhelmed Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and this season’s Aston Villa on the Metropolis Floor. Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea didn’t win there final season too.

However amid a raucous dwelling ambiance, Arsenal’s character shone by. Inside half an hour, they’d made 111 touches within the ultimate third in comparison with only one for Forest, who have been pinned again and their followers have been left shocked and silent.

The one subject was that, for a lot of the recreation, the vital statistic was 0-0.

Then got here the persistence. Jesus missed two huge possibilities at the beginning of the second half however his willingness to maintain going, rating one, then arrange one other, received his facet the sport.

Then got here the eagerness. After full-time, with Forest practically coming again to assert a degree, Oleksandr Zinchenko was livid at Ben White – each gamers needed to be separated amid the celebrations.

Loads has been made about what Arsenal lack. New striker, new winger, new left-back are among the many cries. None are coming, so Arsenal are sticking to what they do have.

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