What Mikel Arteta made of Sheffield United in Arsenal's 2-1 win at The Emirates

Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager, was delighted with his side's patience in their 2-1 victory over "resilient and clever" Sheffield United this afternoon.
Arsenal's Dani Ceballos tussles with Sheffield United's John Lundstram: David Klein/SportimageArsenal's Dani Ceballos tussles with Sheffield United's John Lundstram: David Klein/Sportimage
Arsenal's Dani Ceballos tussles with Sheffield United's John Lundstram: David Klein/Sportimage

Two goals in three minutes, from Bukayo Saka and substitute Nicolas Pepe, put Arsenal in control around the hour mark, before David McGoldrick curled home United's first Premier League goal this season to set up an interesting ending.

But defeat was United's fourth of the league season, in as many games, setting up an interesting showdown against bottom club Fulham after the international break.

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"We had the right patience, we created the right moments in the game and when spaces started to open up, we scored two goals," Arteta said.

"The first time they went near our box, they scored.

"They [United] are resilient and clever in the way they manage and trap you in certain areas and to combat that is tricky. But we attacked more efficiently with more purpose and that's how we scored the goals."