Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised the thrilling victory against Luton as a “special night” after Declan Rice’s late goal secured a 4-3 win, sending Arsenal five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Arteta expressed his enjoyment, especially at the dramatic conclusion, highlighting the emotional rollercoaster football brings. He credited Luton for their challenge and praised his team’s resilience and character in securing the win despite facing difficulties.

Despite conceding goals that disappointed them, Arteta emphasized the importance of the team’s reaction, acknowledging that such moments happen in the game.

The match saw an intense back-and-forth with goals from Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus, Kai Havertz, and Rice. Arteta emphasized the team’s determination to win rather than settle for a draw, showcasing their energy and commitment on the field.

While not singling out goalkeeper David Raya for faults in Luton’s goals, Arteta highlighted the team’s need to defend better in certain situations, praising their response after setbacks.

Luton boss Rob Edwards expressed pride in his team’s effort despite the disappointing outcome. He commended their performance, urging the team to look at the bigger picture and draw confidence from their display, aiming to learn from the experience.