Every word Mikel Arteta just said on Thomas Partey, Smith Rowe, Mesut Ozil and Newcastle

How important was that victory tonight? Aubameyang just needed those goals?

Yes I’m really pleased with the performance overall because collectively and individually it was really strong from the beginning. It took us maybe longer than we wanted to score the first goal because in the first half we had some big chances as well. Overall the team looked confident, solid, compact and very clear about what we had to do defending and attacking. I’m really pleased with the clean sheet, goals and overall with the run and momentum that we’re in.

Is that the mark of a top striker who can miss chance like the one in the first half and then score in the second?

That’s what he’s done through his career. Mentally you have to be really strong to do that. He’s come out a really difficult period, we missed his goals a lot and today he’s scored two and contributed to the team to win which is exactly what we need. I’m really pleased with him.

Was it a sign of how much your team has grown?

It’s part of understanding these type of games. When the team is able to come out of these games with these types of results and confidence it helps a lot for the next one. Because they know that the moment it’s going to come that we cannot lose our structure and organisation. Of course there were things we had to do better that we had to improve on to be quicker, more consistent, efficient and certain moments in attack. This is good information for us. For them it’s great to believe that against this structure we c an play them, outplay them, nullify them to do very little in our own box, and come out to score three, four, five goals.

Your transition from defence to attack looked slicker with Partey in the side?

Yes obviously we’ve been missing Tommy. He has this freshness, this aura that makes him a special player for us. Hopefully we can keep fit because we can see the difference he makes on the side. I think eh was growing and getting better as the game was moving and evolving.

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