Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was delighted with his team's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday, despite the sending off of Takehiro Tomiyasu in the second half.
The Gunners had to play with 10 men for the final 20 minutes after Tomiyasu was given a straight red card for a foul on Jordan Ayew. However, they held on for the win thanks to a goal from Martin Odegaard.
Arteta was pleased with the way his team responded to the setback.
"I'm really happy with the performance," he said. "We knew it was going to be tough, especially after the red card. But the players showed great character and determination to win the game."
The win moves Arsenal up to fifth place in the Premier League table, level on points with fourth-placed Manchester United. Arteta is confident that his team can challenge for a top-four finish this season.
"We have a long way to go, but we are in a good position," he said. "We have to keep working hard and believing in ourselves."
- Mikel Arteta
- Crystal Palace
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- Takehiro Tomiyasu
- Red card
- Martin Odegaard
- Top-four finish