Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s head coach believes his boys have shown that they want to be in the Champions League next season, after defeating their local rivals, Chelsea in their backyard on Wednesday.

A brace from Nketiah and a goal each from Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka from the spot gave the visitors the much needed win to revive their Champions League pursuit. The win also ended Arsenal’s three games losing streak.

Arteta reacting to his team’s reaction against Chelsea

“We responded well under pressure. That’s the game that we had in hand. I said to them if you want to be playing Champions League football you have to come to these big stages and beat the top teams.

“Tonight we’ve done it and I’m really proud of them tonight, but I’m more proud of how they’ve reacted to every defeat over the past few weeks. Not only the players but as a staff and a club, and that’s what reinforces me and gives me a reminder of how lucky I am to be here.

Asked if the game against Chelsea shows the gap between Arsenal and Chelsea isn’t as big as it seems, Arteta said; “Today it wasn’t, but the table says something different, what they did last year, and the level that they play and what they won at says something different.

“A game cannot blur the reality, and as a team and a squad they are in a completely different moment I think. He concluded.