Mikel Arteta gave his Arsenal side “a shouting and telling off” at half-time during a Premier League meeting with West Ham, Rob Holding has revealed, with some harsh truths helping to inspire a much-needed 2-1 victory.

The Gunners made the short trip from north to east London for their latest top-flight fixture knowing that three points would allow them to cement a standing inside the Champions League qualification spots.

Holding’s first Premier League goal put them on their way, but Jarrod Bowen levelled shortly before the interval to leave Arteta demanding a response that saw Gabriel Magalhaes grab a match winner in the 54th minute.

What did Arteta say to Arsenal against West Ham?

Holding has stopped short of revealing exactly what was said in the Arsenal dressing room against West Ham, but admits that Arteta briefly lost his cool as derby tensions began to rise.

The Gunners defender has told Arsenal Media: “We were a bit disappointed to concede that coming in just before half time.

“It would have been nice to go in 1-0, but he [Arteta] gave us all a shouting and telling off and we came out and looked more like a team and played how he wanted to play.”

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