Arsenal's Arteta Delighted with 6-0 Champions League Triumph
|Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, applauds the fans after the team's victory in the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and RC Lens at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2023 in London, England.(Image-Getty)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed his satisfaction as his team secured a spot in the Champions League knockout stages with a resounding 6-0 victory over RC Lens in north London. The win marked the largest-ever triumph by an English team against a French opponent in European competition.
Arteta, elated with the performance, remarked, "I didn’t even dream like this. We had the chance to qualify today and be top of the group, and I think we’ve done it in a really convincing way." He praised the team's aggression and determination from the outset, emphasizing the positive start in the first 30 minutes.
The Arsenal manager highlighted the team's consistent form at home, where they have not only avoided conceding goals but also displayed prolific scoring. He welcomed the fact that six different players contributed to the score sheet, emphasizing the importance of such experiences against formidable opponents.
Despite the impressive performance, Arteta remained grounded about Arsenal's prospects in the Champions League, stating, "Now let’s wait. We have to park it, we will know in February who we’re facing (in the next round) and let’s see how we are in that moment."
Arteta also commended his players for maintaining their intensity until the final whistle, even after the match was effectively decided within the first half-hour. He emphasized the team's winning mentality and their commitment to not conceding, underlining it as a crucial aspect for continuous improvement.