Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, praised his team for an “incredible performance” after they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 at home on Sunday, moving back up to the top of the Premier League standings.
Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus’ goals cemented the three points for the north London team, who demonstrated their first-half supremacy by preventing Brighton from getting a single attempt on target.
Despite having scored in every Premier League match this season, Roberto De Zerbi’s team was unable to contain Arteta’s physical and fluid Arsenal.
“Incredible performance, a joy to watch from the start to the end, the way we did it against this very good team,” Arteta told BBC Sport.
“Even at halftime scoreline didn’t reflect that. We fully deserved to win the game. We had 15 shots (in the first half), it was a lot. We had to keep going, we don’t have that accuracy in front of goal.”
The 82nd minute saw Pascal Gross’s attempt go wide of the post, Brighton’s greatest opportunity and Arteta felt that was just another example of the Premier League’s unpredictability.
“You see it in every game. We had many situations to put the ball in the net and we didn’t, 1-0 isn’t enough,” he said.
Having scored four goals in his previous seven games, Havertz has begun to live up to Arsenal’s 65 million pound ($82.4 million) signing fee.
The Spaniard was full of praise for the German.
Arteta responded, “In terms of goals, yes,” when asked if he was finally delivering the performances that were expected of him.
“In terms of performances, it’s the same as he was at the start of the season.
“You can see he’s confident and enjoying his football.”