By Rob Kelly

Wojciech Szczesny says the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium during Sunday's 1-0 win against Manchester City was comparable to the famous victories against Tottenham and Barcelona.

Mikel Arteta's late strike gave Arsenal a deserved win and boosted their hopes of claiming a top-three finish as they moved two points ahead of Spurs.

And Szczesny admits the home crowd played a major role in helping the team push for victory right until the end.

"It was fantastic, it was as good an atmosphere as there has been at the Emirates," he told Arsenal Player.

"You could probably compare it to the Tottenham and Barcelona games. The fans helped us, so we thank them very much - but I apologise for my haircut today!"

Sunday's victory was Arsenal's eighth in the past nine games and Szczesny says the team have demonstrated clear signs of progress over the course of the campaign.

"We have shown that when we are put under pressure we can deal with it," he said.

"We had very difficult times at the start of the season and managed to get through it and the team spirit is obvious for all to see.

"We take advantage of it to win games like this and this is the fifth game in the last few months where we have won it at the end. The team is doing well, the atmosphere is good and it shows out there on the pitch."

Watch the full interview with Wojciech on Arsenal Player.

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