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Mikel Arteta delighted to bury ghosts at Brentford

Mikel Arteta was happy to banish bad memories as Arsenal beat Brentford 3-0.

The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable win in the London derby and Arteta was pleased to bury ghosts of the 2-0 loss his team suffered to the same opposition at the start of last season.

The Arsenal boss said: "I'm really pleased with the performance and to win the match and go top of the league going into the international break.

"A lot of people described that day as embarrassing but I looked at it as a character-building day.

"You have to learn from those moments and then days like today happen. We are enjoying our football.

"It makes me feel much better, because I saw a team that plays the way we want to play, the way we train every single day.

"That shows a lot of character and quality to do what they've done on that pitch against a really good Brentford side that make teams suffer."

History was made during the game as Ethan Nwaneri became the Premier League's youngest player at the age of 15 years and 181 days and Arteta revealed that a "gut feeling" inspired him to put the teenager on for the closing minutes of the match.

The Spanish coach said: "It was a pure gut feeling, I met the kid and I liked what I saw.

"He has trained a couple of times with us and I had a feeling yesterday that if the opportunity came I would do it.

"But I think it sends a strong message about who we are as a club. I told him yesterday he would be with us and he had to be ready. He is ready. When he went on I said 'congratulations and enjoy it'.

"I don't know what it is. When I met him, when I looked at him, I had that feeling."

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