It seemed like an even game would end up in a 1-1 draw before Declan Rice and Gabriel Jesus scored in the 97th and 101st minutes to secure a thrilling win.
The Emirates Stadium was shaken at the final whistle and relieved at victory that almost meant defeat when Alejandro Garnacho scored the 88th goal but it was ruled out for offside.
Saka was again quiet by his standards but should have given the Gunners the lead before the dramatic finale, firing straight at Andre Onana from point-blank range and leaving the goal gaping.
“I would have preferred if Bukayo had put the ball into the net much earlier,” Arteta said of the stoppage-time goals.
“A team needs different tools to win games. I think we reacted well in the first half. That set the tone and brought some calm.”
Arteta congratulated his team for controlling their emotions and remaining focused amid a hectic final, refusing to get caught up in the VAR decisions.
He added: “The emotion at the end is why we are all in this industry, to work hard and earn the chance to experience these moments. I am extremely proud of the team.”
“Both VAR decisions can be looked at differently, but I think the team’s performance overall deserves the win.”
“I love the mentality and determination the team shows. We made life difficult for ourselves by conceding the first goal, but overall I’m proud of the team and what they want to do at all times.”
“The equalizer was a great goal and it’s the reaction you want.”
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