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Mikel Arteta hails Bukayo Saka impact as Arsenal record picks up back-to-back wins

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised the impact of 19-year-old Bukayo Saka after a second straight win for the Gunners as they beat Brighton on Tuesday night.

After switching to the right flank in the last two games, Saka only scored his second goal of the season in the weekend’s win over Chelsea and then secured his first Premier League assist of the campaign to create the winner against the Seagulls.

Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Emile Smith Rowe
Saka provided the winner of Alexandre Lacazette | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Arsenal had failed to win back-to-back league games since the first two weeks of the season in September, but they have now firmly put behind them a truly dismal streak where they had taken just five points in 10 games.

“I said last week that the best cure for any disease in football is to win football matches,” Arteta said after the final whistle on the south coast, via Arsenal.com.

“[Saka] had a tough game in the first half because we weren’t using certain moments to generate advantages for him and the other attacking players in the right way, so the game got really tough with his back to goal against a fullback five in a really low block.

“In the second half the moment we started to play differently was an attack in a different way where they found more space and capacity to unblock situations and their blockage. We created four or five big chances and he was involved in most of them.

Bukayo Saka, Lewis Dunk and Robert Sanchez
Saka creates chances for his Arsenal team-mates | Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Arteta admitted his players and staff were in a “much better mood” thanks to back-to-back wins which will provide a very important boost in confidence.

“We know how badly we needed the wins,” said the boss. “It wasn’t so much about our performances, but our results, but you need the results to build that confidence, and now with two wins I think everyone is in a much better mood.

“We have managed through this period to maintain our team spirit and our cohesion, and sometimes it is not easy to do because obviously the frustration that results with the loss is normally an effect on the team, so I ‘hope we can now run. games and be even more positive.

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