After working relentlessly to create changes for his teammates throughout the night, Arsenal’s deadline day signing Mikel Arteta was understandably very much a part of Aaron Ramsey’s dramatic celebration as the Gunners left it late to win 1-0 away to Marseille.
The result guided Arsene Wenger’s men to the top of Group F with seven points but Arteta is not getting carried away, citing a strange feeling about the remainder of the Group Stage fixtures.
“There are some strange results. When we played Olympiacos two weeks ago they made it really hard for us and played well. There are no easy teams in the Champions League,” Arteta told Arsenal Player.
The Spaniard added: “It looks tight but we have done the job tonight and we are happy with it. If we win the next game then we know it is going to be much easier.Ten or 11 points will usually get you through, but it’s too early to say.”
Despite remaining wary of future challenges, Arteta took the opportunity to hail the perseverance of his teammates, who were denied a blatant penalty and had to wait till the final moments of the match to score a highly deserved match-winner.
The former Everton playmaker explained: “It is a massive win for us. When you win away from home in the Champions League it makes a big difference. We are happier because we are playing much more as a team.
“Defensively we have improved so much and in the second half they hardly created anything. We were much more compact and that comes from the work we’ve been doing in training. We know we are capable of creating chances and now we are doing the basics right.”
The Gunners have began preparations to welcome Stoke City to the Emirates Stadium and a win would go a long way in lifting the pressure that has burdened them following disappointing losses to bitter rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur early in the season.