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Every word Mikel Arteta said on Saka’s injury, Martinelli goal, top four hopes and Newcastle

What are your views on the game?

Really important to win and bounce back as you mentioned. With a game that had different phases in the first half. We were able to take the game where we wanted, but without really threatening or hurting them enough. We lacked some urgency and some composure in the final third to deliver better balls and more composure in our finishing action because we didn’t hit the target enough with the attempts that we had. In the second half we had to be patient not to lose any structure in our play because we were controlling them quite well. We needed to threaten certain spaces more, I think we did, we scored two goals and after that I thought we were more in control.

Two great finishes by Bukayo Saka and Martinelli. What will that do for them?

The finish and the combination from Bukayo and again the composure he showed inside the box to place the ball inside the box in the right area. Gabi’s run after, great delivery from Tomi as well, the technique to keep the ball down is impressive.

When you see the players combining for the goals does it show they’re learning a lot this season?

You have to trust them and give them confidence after difficult moments, otherwise it’s not real. Trust. I thought they needed another chance and they’ve done it today because they showed during the week how they were hurting and how determined they were to put it right today.

How is Bukayo after coming off injured?

Yeah, it was an action where he said he felt something. He wasn’t comfortable to continue and we’ll have to assess him tomorrow and probably scan him to see if there’s any injury there.

How far can you go with this team and do you feel like you’re in the mix for a top four place?

We go game by game. After the defeat at Anfield you see things in a different perspective maybe. We’ve been on a good run and we need to keep going. Let’s see where it takes us. Now we need to analyse this game and start to prepare the game against United as quick as possible because we don’t have many days.

How important was that goal for Martinelli?

It is a big moment for him. I’m especially happy for him because the way he behaves. Some players are respectful when you make some decisions, some players are very respectful like he is. He makes every decision you make even harder because he deserves more. I’m really happy because he helped the team get the three points today.