Martin Odegaard, Arsenal captain, has warned Manchester City that the Gunners will “fight to the end” for the Premier League title.
Odegaard scored a first-half brace as Mikel Arteta’s side brushed aside a troubled Chelsea 3-1 at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.
Gabriel Jesus also scored as Arsenal threatened to chalk up a huge victory with three goals in the opening 34 minutes.
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Frank Lampard’s side – who have now lost six consecutive games – were significantly improved in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from Noni Madueke.
But the hosts were always in control as they bounced back in perfect fashion from the 4-1 defeat to Man City.
Victory moves Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League with a two-point lead but Pep Guardiola’s side have two games in hand over their rivals.
Reflecting on the performance against Chelsea, Odegaard told Sky Sports: “Especially the first half was brilliant. We came out and showed a different spirit to last time the 4-1 loss to Manchester City.
“I’m very happy with the first half, the second was a bit messy but three points and a good win and we needed this one.
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“Everyone was so hurt after the game against City. We used the anger and the disappointment to get back into this game. You can lose games but the way we lost, we didn’t play our game and weren’t ourselves, that was the most painful thing, and we wanted to show a different side and we definitely did.
“I just try to help the team. This year I’ve scored more goals, Granit Xhaka with two good passes, and that made it easier. I just tried to be in the right area and as soon as I see him attacking the space I just have to be in the right place.
“In the second half, we didn’t keep the ball enough. They went a bit more direct and after the duels, we didn’t keep the ball.
“We have to fight and keep going. We believe and will fight until the end.”
Chelsea’s season fell to a new low under interim boss Lampard and they had goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to thank for keeping the score respectable.
Lampard insists his side will strive to put things right.
“Not good enough first half, that’s what confirms the result. Much better second half, but not good enough first half,” he told BBC Sport.