first_imgWillock sealed the victory at Southampton with a goal (Picture: Getty Images)Joe Willock says anger from back-to-back losses in the Premier League inspired Arsenal to their 2-0 victory against Southampton on Thursday evening.The Gunners bounced back from dismal defeats to Manchester City and Brighton last week to claim their first win after the restart.Granit Xhaka returned to the starting XI after an ankle injury suffered against City, however, Matteo Guendouzi was left out of the 20-man squad, which boss Mikel Arteta suggested was due to an ‘internal issue’.Academy products Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet after two costly mistakes from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy, but, despite coming under pressure in the second half, Arsenal held on for the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter the game, 20-year-old Willock revealed that the players were fuming after consecutive defeats and that extra ‘edge’ in training helped them step up their game.‘I enjoyed how much we showed that we’re a team, we had two defeats but we had to stick together and fight,’ he told the club’s official website. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 12:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Joe Willock reveals Arsenal players were ‘angry’ before Southampton victory Another Arsenal academy graduate, Nketiah, also got on the scoresheet (Picture: Getty Images)‘They had a good spell in the second half for about 20 or 30 minutes and we stayed together as a team and we have to believe in each other and that’s what I enjoyed about the performance. ‘There was a bit of edge in training, people were a bit angry, we had to test each other, we had to push each other to the limit and try to come out and show it in the game today.‘I feel like we defended well together and got a clean sheet and scored two goals.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The edge in training is a good thing. We said that we need to compete after the Brighton game, we need to compete as a team together and that’s what we tried to do today.‘We tried to bring it to the pitch, there’s still a long way to go but I feel like the groundroots level that we need to play at first of all if we want to compete.’MORE: Jamie Redknapp slams Matteo Guendouzi and tells Arsenal star he isn’t a ‘big player’MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi is dropped for Southampton vs Arsenal clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img