Mikel Arteta hails ‘dominant’ Arsenal after ‘really impressive’ win at Norwich

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    Arsenal
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  • Mikel Arteta
    Mikel Arteta
    Spanish association football player and manager
  • Alexandre Lacazette
    Alexandre Lacazette
    French association football player
  • Emile Smith Rowe
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  • Kieran Tierney
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Mikel Arteta hailed his Arsenal side for putting Norwich to the sword and cementing their place in the Premier League’s top four.

The Gunners thumped the Canaries 5-0 at Carrow Road, with Bukayo Saka scoring twice, and Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe also getting in on the act.

The win means Arsenal have now won five games on the spin and they have scored 19 goals in the process.

This latest victory consolidated Arsenal’s position of fourth in the League, with Tottenham six points behind them - but with three games in hand after a series of postponements.

“I am very happy. Obviously it is not easy to win away from home,” said Arteta. “We performed in a dominant way from the beginning. It was really impressive today.

“I think in general, collectively and individually, we had some big performances. You don’t win 5-0 away from home if you don’t do that, so I am really happy with all the boys.

“Obviously the start [of the season] was difficult but we are scoring more goals because we are getting into those positions in much better conditions.

“Every process is done much, much better and that gives better positioning and chances to the strikers. At the moment we have been really effective.”

Arsenal were at their brilliant best against Norwich, cutting them open on numerous occasions.

And asked if it showed how far the Gunners have come since they beat Norwich 1-0 in September, Arteta said: “Yes, probably - the direction the team is taking, how we are growing, the understanding between the players. Obviously they have been playing now together for a few months.

“The unity that we show in general and the support that we are getting in every ground from our supporters is a lot.

“It’s very much linked with the way we can transmit and the way we want to play. I am really pleased with that as well.”

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