Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has revealed he was “annoyed” after his team slipped to third place in the Premier League table on Saturday.
Wins for Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur saw the Gunners fall behind their two rivals.
Entering Sunday’s trip to Brentford, Arteta’s men had lost just one of their opening six games.
And they bounced back from that solitary defeat by producing a commanding performance at the Brentford Community Stadium. Goals from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira secured all three points for Arsenal as they shot back to the top of the league.
Arteta revealed after the win that seeing his side slip down two places had given his men added determination to defeat the Bees. He was left delighted with his side’s performance as they look to continue their surprise title challenge.
“You can ask me every day. Today we are top of the league, I am so happy. Yesterday [Saturday] I was so annoyed because we lost it and we used that to want to get back there and show that we want to be there,” he said.
“That is what we are going to do – push to be the best we can be. That is the aim. The table won’t lie after 38 games normally. I’m really pleased with the way we played, the performance.
“How we controlled certain areas of the game that are very mandatory if you want to dominate a game against Brentford. I’m really pleased to minimise the opportunities for them.”