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Mikel Arteta secured his first win as Arsenal boss with an impressive 2-0 Premier League victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium this morning.

It was a well-deserved three points for the Gunners as record signing Nicolas Pepe put them ahead after just eight minutes and Sokratis Papastathopoulos added a second shortly before half-time.

The victory against Manchester United was their first home win since 24 October and new boss Arteta is thrilled with the way the players have responded to his methods.

“I said to them without you guys I won’t be able to do it. You have to open the door and believe I can bring something different to the club.

“We need all the staff to believe as well and if we do that day by day, it will take a long way and the process will not be easy and there will be ups and downs, but they bought into this.

“That is my feeling, they want to do it and they are starting to enjoy. Hopefully it is a start.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils could have moved within two points of Chelsea in fourth place following back-to-back wins but were instead well below-par as they struggled to create chances at the Emirates.

“After they scored the first goal, it seemed like they got loads of energy. Their heads got loads of energy and our heads got a little bit tired and they were the better team,” said Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“They were aggressive, regained the ball, we couldn’t find a way out of their press and it was hard to get the ball off them because I thought they played really well.

“It was a good game by two good teams and the goal just before half-time is a killer blow really because at 1-0 down you are in the game all the time, but at 2-0 you need a goal to get the energy to make them nervous again.”

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