Rob Holding and Gabriel scored from corners in each half of a hard-fought London derby as the Gunners climbed back up to Champions League spots just hours after Tottenham ousted them in fourth place with a 3-1 win over Leicester .
West Ham worried Arsenal for a long time, despite the demands of the Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on either side of that clash.
“In England they say ‘win ugly’ and from my point of view we won ugly,” said Arteta.
“It was a tremendous win in very difficult circumstances because we caused problems for ourselves, especially with our decision-making.
“But the team showed great character, not giving up but just continuing to do the right things.
“The way they fought and how they understood how they had to manage the game at certain moments was phenomenal.
“I’m really happy to see a team that has this ability to find a way to win and show the character that they showed.”
Arteta denied Arsenal feel the pressure to compete with Chelsea and Tottenham for the two available Champions League spots.
“If you have to pass the ball from A to B under pressure or without pressure, that’s an excuse,” he said.
“We were just sloppy and not precise at times and that led to a game that we didn’t want to play at many moments.
“We recognize that and sometimes it happens. Playing against this team here is not easy at all and we found a way to win the game.”
West Ham boss David Moys was proud of his team despite being disappointed by two decisions made by referee Mike Dean.
The first was a possible holding handball leading up to Gabriel’s goal, while the second was a dangerous attempt by Aaron Ramsdale to tackle Jarrod Bowen, which actually resulted in the Hammers’ goalscorer being booked into the sim.
“I thought we got a job at Arsenal. We kept them really calm and I saw them against Chelsea last week when they were great,” Moyes said.
“I saw Rob Holding, it actually hit his arm. It’s not stopped. If the referee saw it he would have stopped it but I don’t think he saw it.
“The keeper is ruthless and Jarrod gets there first. If Jarrod had left a leg there and scored I think it would have been a very different story for us and Arsenal.
“It would have been a free kick for us, that’s for sure. And if there was a decision to be made about whether it was yellow or red, I’m not sure.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-david-moyes-mikel-arteta-west-ham-london-stadium-b2069532.html Mikel Arteta happy as Arsenal ‘ugly win’ against defiant West Ham