Mikel Arteta kept secret from Arsenal stars before ending 14-year Man Utd hoodoo

Arsenal recorded their first win away at Manchester United in 14 years on Sunday night – after Mikel Arteta kept the hoodoo a secret from his players.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty proved the difference at Old Trafford, with the Gabon international sweeping home the only goal of the game from 12 yards after Paul Pogba brought down Hector Bellerin inside the box.

His spot-kick was enough to earn the Gunners their first victory away at United since September 2006, as well as their first on the road against a Big Six rival in five years.

And after their triumph in Manchester, Arteta admitted he tried to keep their poor run of form at Old Trafford a secret from his players.

“I didn’t want to tell the players we didn’t win here in 14 years, I kept it quiet,” he said.

“The team you saw tonight is where we’re starting to be.

“I am proud, to show the personality to play against this team at Old Trafford, I’m delighted with the win.”

“[United] played a really tricky formation, the diamond, and I think we were really aggressive. They played two or three different formations, but I think we did really well.”

Arteta was in desperate need of a win on Sunday night after suffering back-to-back defeats in the Premier League against Manchester City and Leicester.

“We needed this win,” the Spaniard continued. “We shouldn’t have lost against Man City, and definitely we shouldn’t have lost against Leicester.

“And having played already at Anfield, at the Etihad and here in the first seven games is a big task.”

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Next up for Arsenal is the visit of Norwegian outfit Molde in the Europa League on Thursday night, before a Premier League clash with Aston Villa at the Emirates next Sunday.

Arteta’s men are now up to ninth in the table after Sunday’s win at United, although Manchester City and Leeds can leapfrog them by winning their games in hand.

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