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Arteta proud of Gunners fight as Odegaard strike secures Turf Moor win

By Sports Desk September 18, 2021

Mikel Arteta was impressed by the fighting spirit from Arsenal in a 1-0 Premier League win at Burnley.

The Gunners secured back-to-back victories to double their points tally courtesy of Martin Odegaard's sublime first-half free-kick at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Burnley were flat in the first half but applied pressure after the break, and they were awarded a penalty when Aaron Ramsdale was adjudged to have upended Matej Vydra 20 minutes from time.

Referee Anthony Taylor reversed that decision after being advised to check the pitchside monitor by the VAR.

Arsenal stood firm to win consecutive top-flight games 1-0 for the first time since December 2014 and boss Arteta was impressed with the way they dug in, but knows there is plenty of room for improvement.

He told BBC Match of the Day: "It was a hard-fought victory at a really tough place.

"You have to be ready for a fight. In the first half we had some really good periods when we were really dominant and should have scored more goals. In the second half we gave the ball away cheaply too many times.

"We have players who are not at their strength playing in this type of game, but they did their best and we got the win. I'm very proud of them defensively and I'm really pleased with the win.

"It's two wins in a row, two clean sheets. Let's go again. We have a lot to catch up."

Arteta was in no doubt referee Taylor was right to overturn the decision against Ramsdale, who is the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in his first three appearances for Arsenal since Wojciech Szczesny from 2009 to 2010.

The Spaniard said: "The assistant was saying straight away it's not a penalty. You have to overturn that."

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