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Odegaard says Anger fueled victory against Chelsea as Arsenal top the Premier League

Arsenal won 3-1 at Emirates to beat unorganized Chelsea as Martin Odegaard netted twice ensuring the Gunners keep their title bid alive and go back above Man City, Gabriel Jesus was also on target in a one-sided first-half with Noni Madueke pulling a goal back for Chelsea but still makes it six straight defeats for the Blues.


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The Gunners came into the game looking to put their 4-1 thrashing by title rivals Manchester City behind them and they did so in an amazing way, with a fast-pressing football style, to completely make things hard for interim manager Frank Lampard.

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Before the match Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta rejected claims that the Premier League title race was done and dusted in that Manchester City was on top saying “This is not over”. At the same time, Lampard’s Chelsea said “It could be either way,” as the Gunners “still believe they are in it and rightly so.”

 That was more like us again say Mikel Arteta

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta when asked what he enjoyed about the performance and this is what he told Sky Sports:

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“That we were us. That’s what I demanded. I wanted to see that energy, that determination, that fluidity, that movement, that purpose in our play.

“That was there from the beginning. That led to connecting with our crowd and obviously, you know what happens when we are able to do that. The goals were really helpful because they set the tone for the rest of the game.

Xhaka says “We showed we still believe”

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka had time to speak to Sky Sports and this is what he had to say:

“The first 60 minutes we had a very good game. We deserved the three points today. We needed a reaction and the team, with the fans, had a good reaction. “We had not our best day and Man City was the best team last week. But we still have belief.

“I try to give advice with my experience. I’ve had worse times than every player here, that’s for sure. “I try to help the youngsters to give them motivation. “Of course, if you lose four games you start to struggle, but this is my job.”

Odegaard: We used anger to bounce back

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard talking to Sky Sports said:

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“Especially the first half was brilliant. We showed a different spirit to last time. The second half was a bit messy but we needed this one. “Everyone was so hurt after the City game but we used that anger to bounce back. You can lose games but we weren’t ourselves. I think we showed a different side today.

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“We didn’t keep the ball enough in the second half and they went a bit more direct. “It was a bit chaotic but it’s a win. We have to keep going. We will fight until the end for the title.”

Lampard: We were too nice, too passive

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaking to Sky Sports:

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“The performance in the first half was nowhere near good enough. Too nice to play against, too passive. Defensively the line wasn’t coming up, which was giving them space.

“In possession, we weren’t playing over their press. All the things that make you a nice team to play against, we did. The second half was better but the result’s relatively confirmed by then.


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