Winning the only thing to ease Europa exit pain: Arsenal's Arteta


Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - May 9, 2021 Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Pool via REUTERS/Richard Heathcote

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said it was important for the club to get back to winning ways after their Europa League exit and was particularly pleased with his players' attitude in Sunday's 3-1 Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe and Willian scored against West Brom as Arsenal bounced back from Thursday's Europa League semi-final exit which left them with the prospect of no European football for the first time in 25 years.

"After not going through to the final, it's always very important to win the game," said Arteta, whose side are ninth on 52 points with three games left.

"It's always the best way to remedy the pain that we had, to win the game, to score the three beautiful goals that we have done and create so many more chances."

Arsenal travel to third-placed Chelsea on Wednesday and Arteta said his side had a duty to the fans to finish the season strong.

"We have a huge responsibility to win every game we play when we represent this football club," he added. "If anybody can question anything, our level, our ability, whatever it is, they can.

"But our attitude, that's a non-negotiable one and right up to the end, we have to try to win our matches and see what happens."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru;Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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