Mikel Arteta frustrated by the media
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on May 12, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Your first win at Stamford Bridge in 10 years, and competing the double over London rivals for the first time since 2004 should be the main headline from the game.

Mikel Arteta however launched into an impassioned rant during his post match interview with Sky Sports. 

The young Spanish manager was left angered, after he believed his comments were misconstrued, insisting his players remain committed to him and the club.

Following the Europa League exit in the semi-final to Unai Emery's Villarreal, Arteta found himself under pressure and criticism from large amounts of the fanbase and certain sections of the media, but after consecutive wins against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea he believes recent performances highlighted the teams togetherness. 

The quotes

"Nothing is broken. Inside, nothing is broken, They [the media] try to put things on me that I never said.

"You can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. It doesn't matter whether we're playing seventh, eighth, ninth. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they are trying."

He also takes the blame for underperforming players, "I said that if I don't get 120 per cent off each player, it's my fault and my responsibility, but it wasn't [portrayed] like that in the press and I am so annoyed with that", and said that he will defend his players for the rest of the time he is at the club, because, "they deserve that because they earn it every single day."

Arteta added that the media won't break the spirit of the team, no matter how hard they try. "

"Not the chemistry that we have - not only with the players but with our staff, with the board. They can't touch that. If they try to touch it, it can be with opinions, but not by saying something that I never said. I'm not taking that."

Speaking on the performance, Arteta told Sky "I am really happy with a lot of things we've done, right from the first minute, the attitude and the desire that we showed.

"We had to dig in, which you have to against this team because they are a fantastic team. We did it and we gave everything we had to try to do the best possible job and we did it.

"It's a big win for the club, for the players and for the fans. I know how much a London derby means and it's been 10 years since we've won at this ground so that tells you how hard it is."

The Gunners last won at Stamford Bridge in October 2011, a game in which featured now manager Arteta, with a Robin van Persie hat-trick leading the team to a famous 5-3 victory.

The win moves Arsenal up into 8th, but Everton have two games in hand on the Gunners. Arteta's side have two games left of the season, and have given themselves an outside shot of qualifying for European football next season.

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