Arteta came into the game under immense pressure following the Gunners' Europa League exit and with them fighting for a spot in Europe this season. Emile Smith Rowe scored early on to give the visitors the lead, who held firm to record a victory that moves them up to eighth place in the Premier Leauge.
However, after the match Arteta was in no mood to analyse the game and instead sniped back at members of the press, who he claims misconstrued his comments in the build up to the game.
“Nothing is broken, inside nothing is broken," he told Sky Sports immediately after the game. "I don’t know how hard you are going to try from the outside, but from the inside - no. They will 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 if we’re playing to be seventh, eighth or ninth you can see that and you can never doubt about their efforts and how much they try."
When asked to elaborate, the Spaniard added: “Something that I didn’t say. I said that if I don’t get 120% from each player, then it’s my fault and my responsibility and it wasn’t like this in the press and I am so annoyed with that.
“My players, I will defend them in front of anybody for the rest of the time that I’m here because they deserve it, because they earn it every single day."