What Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said about Sheffield United win and Saka, Martinelli injuries

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, believes his side’s 3-0 win at Sheffield United tonight is ideal preparation for his side’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague next week.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 9:31 pm
United lost at home to Arsenal tonight: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

Arsenal were full value for their first Premier League win at Bramall Lane, with skipper Alexandre Lacazette scoring twice and Gabriel Martinelli scoring his first goal in over a year on another disappointing night for the Blades in a season full of them.

They moved a step closer to a return to the Championship, and Arsenal boss Arteta said: “I’m happy with the way we played, we controlled the game the way we wanted and played at a high level.

“I had the feeling that the boys were at it, we were aggressive in our press and efficient and I had a good feeling. We had good cohesion in the team and when they changed to a diamond, we adapted to it and we’re happy with the win.”

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Arteta’s joy was tempered by injury concerns over Bukayo Saka and Martinelli, who were both withdrawn.

“He had some discomfort in his thigh,” Arteta said of England youngster Saka.

“I don’t know what it is. The last thing we need is another issue because we have enough of that. Martinelli twisted an ankle and it was sore but he’s a tough boy.”

On Lacazette, Arteta added: “He needed those goals and they came today, he’s playing well at the moment and we’re happy for him.

“This is ideal preparation, we went a long time without a clean sheet and it’s great for us before Thursday.”