Mikel Arteta heaps praise on Arsenal for showing ‘character’ in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta raved about Arsenal’s ‘character’ in 2-1 win over Aston Villa… Gunners fired back three minutes after Douglas Luiz equalised to keep 100 per cent The record is intact

  • Mikel Arteta praises his Arsenal squad’s character after 2-1 win over Aston Villa
  • Arsenal lead 1-0 before Douglas Luiz equalises for Villa directly from the corner
  • But Gabriel Martinelli put the hosts back in front three minutes later
  • Gunners boss admits he could be forced to bring in another midfielder

Mikel Arteta once again praised the mentality of his Arsenal side as they reacted swiftly to Aston Villa’s equaliser to secure another win and keep their perfect Premier League run start.

Gabriel Martinelli beat Villa on a questionable night of goalkeeping at the Emirates Stadium, and a well-deserved 2-1 success meant the Gunners remained at the top of the table with five wins and five losses.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had earlier sent Gabriel Jesus to the opener as Steven Gerrard’s side suffered a fourth defeat The former England captain put the pressure on.

Mikel Arteta raved about Arsenal's mentality in 2-1 win over Aston Villa

Mikel Arteta raved about Arsenal’s mentality in 2-1 win over Aston Villa

The visitors briefly equalised when substitute Douglas Luiz scored directly from a corner, but Martinelli’s winner came just three minutes later.

“That’s the mentality we want to show as a team and the character we want to show, to react immediately,” Arteta said.

“The disappointment of conceding a goal is part of the game, as is conceding a goal or making a bad move.

But the Spaniard insists the Gunners must ensure their progress continues

But the Spaniard insists the Gunners must ensure their progress continues

“It’s about the next move, the next stage, and again, when you’re playing in front of this group of people, it helps. The energy they generate is amazing.

“We’re really happy because we won the football game and we deserve to win the game with the way we played and played. We need to keep going.

“As I’ve always said, I think we can improve a lot of things and you can see that in the second half.

“But the way we played in the first half – the number of chances, our dominance, the energy we played – was really enjoyable as a coach. Go to the next one.

In the 74th minute of the game, Douglas-Louis corner kick directly equalized the score for the visiting team

In the 74th minute of the game, Douglas-Louis corner kick directly equalized the score for the visiting team

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