Jamie Redknapp has praised Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey for their performances in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, labelling Gabriel “magnificent” and the Ghanaian midfielder “the best player on the pitch”. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty was enough to separate the two sides in what was a cagey affair.
However, Arsenal looked to be the better side and Redknapp was particularly impressed by Mikel Arteta’s new signings.
Speaking after the game on Sky Sports, the former Liverpool midfielder said:”Arsenal had a desire and energy to get the ball back.
“They were just better in every single department.
“I think at the back Gabriel was magnificent and Partey was the best player on the pitch.
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“He looks like an incredible signing for them.
“I think from that point of view, what Mikel Arteta is doing, is so good.
“They were just a far better side tonight.”
Reacting to the win, Arteta told the BBC: “I wanted to keep it quiet from the players.
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“I wanted to generate belief and I asked them to be who we are as a team right now.
“I’m delighted because we played with a lot of courage and big personality.
“They played a really tricky formation with four midfielders and two that constantly strain your back four.
“We could have scored twice in the first half and when we scored the goal we had to manage those moments.
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“There was high stress, it is different to any other ground.
“Individually you have to win the fights and step up to the occasion and the performance of every player today was top drawer.”
Aubameyang’s spot kick ended a run of five league games without a goal and Arteta is delighted that his captain has found the back of the net, adding: “I’m glad it [his goal drought] is finished.
“Every striker needs goals and in these moments we have to create more for Auba. He has scored the crucial goal and it is going to lift his confidence.”
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