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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal have to be ready for upcoming challenges


Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will have to prepare for the challenges ahead from other teams after his side beat Manchester United 3-2 in the Premier League. 

The away team went ahead in the first 45 minutes through a stunning long-range effort from Marcus Rashford, before Eddie Nketiah levelled the scoreline before half-time. 

Arsenal then took the lead through a wonderful strike from Bukayo Saka, before Lisandro Martinez got United back in the match via a looping header. 

Nketiah eventually scored the winner to seal all three points for Arsenal and send them five points clear at the top of the table. 

Speaking after the match, Arteta said other teams will test his squad to their limits and insisted his side will have to be ready for those moments.  

When asked about the potential pressure on his team, Arteta said to Sky Sports: “We’ve been talking about pressure for the last 12 or 13 games. 

“Premier League teams will always make it difficult and we have to prepare for that.”

Arteta was also pleased with Arsenal’s performance in the game, claiming that they showed great composure and character to win in the dying minutes of the match. 

He added: “Emotional, a lot of passion, a lot of quality. It doesn’t get much better than that. After the derby, to come here against this team and play the way we played. The second half especially, the performance was incredible.

“To win it in that way makes it even better.

“We were composed and determined at the same time. We managed the moments in the game. We never panicked. We always believed that we could win it. We showed the right composure in the box a lot of times but the ball didn’t go in. Thankfully at the end it did.”

Arsenal next play Manchester City away in the FA Cup fourth round on January 27.

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