Arsenal secured an important 3-1 win over Liverpool to close the gap at the summit of the Premier League, and Mikel Arteta knew how big the result was for his team.
Arsenal needed a win against Liverpool if they had any intentions of maintaining their title charge and Arteta's team delivered a superb performance to run out 3-1 winners.
The result sees Arsenal close the gap to just two points at the summit. But with a loss, the gap would've been pushed to eight points, making a title charge unlikely despite the number of games left.
For Arteta, the magnitude of the win isn't lost on him.
“It’s a massive win - a beautiful day,” Arteta said via arsenal.com. “We needed a huge performance from the players. I think they delivered that; they’ve put their heart and soul in every ball. They did a lot of very good things to control and dominate this team, and then we needed our people as well at their best. Tonight, I think we’ve gone to a different level of what we’ve shown this season. We demanded that, we tried to produce a video to let them know how important they are and how important they needed to be. And when we do that together, we’re a real force."
Arsenal are a force alright.
After being on a three-game losing streak prior to their mini getaway, things needed to change, particularly in front of goal for the Gunners. Well, it seems the trip to Dubai was just what the doctor ordered.
Since returning, Arsenal has seen the goals flowing, scoring ten times in the last three outings as the goalscoring issues of the last few weeks seem to have dissipated.
Arsenal now have two league games against West Ham and Burnley before their Champions League journey continues against FC Porto.
After nearly being out of the title race, the Gunners are now back in the hunt as they look to claim their first title since the 2004 season.
Given what was at stake and the repercussions if things went south, Arsenal's 3-1 win over Liverpool was "massive" in every sense of the word.