Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, has hailed his team-mate Tomas Rosicky after his match-winning performance at the weekend against West Brom.

The Spanish midfielder was full of praise for his Czech team-mate and lauded his ability to change the rhythm of the game.

Rosicky was in superb form during Arsenal's 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday as he struck twice and also cleared a goal-bound header off the line when the scores were still level at 0-0.

Arsenal were in cruise control during the victory until the final 20 minutes after German centre-back Per Mertesacker was sent off for a professional foul on Shane Long, which then resulted in a penalty for the home side, which James Morrison converted to put the game back in the hosts reach.

Although it was a back-to-the-walls job for the last 20 minutes, captain for the day, Mikel Arteta, was proud of the team's performance and was also proud of Rosicky's individual performance that got Arsenal all three points.

“We dominated the game,” he told Arsenal Player. “We had the better chances but when Per was sent off and we gave a penalty away, it was game on and we had to hang on.

“Credit to the lads, we defended well and the goalkeeper made some really good saves. We're delighted with the points.

“Tomas has got quality and he's got a change of rhythm in the middle of the park that makes a difference. The fact that he made a difference here is massive for us.

“Now we have to keep going and keep winning. We have three games at home now so let's focus on that.”

 

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