‘Our fans can change the energy and the momentum’

Mikel Arteta has hailed the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium this season - and says our supporters can play a pivotal role in Thursday night’s clash against Liverpool.

Ahead of our Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, the boss says that an electric atmosphere could make all the difference against the Reds.

“The [fans] are able to change the energy, the momentum of the game, give a massive lift to the players and give them confidence so if they can drive the team the way they have been doing recently, that would be incredibly helpful to give us the best possible chance to get in the final,” Arteta said.

“When you have your people next to you, and the way they have been, how encouraging, supportive, loud, it really creates a bond with the team and makes a huge difference.

“It is one of the best atmospheres I’ve seen for many, many years at the Emirates and I’ve been in a few of those so I can just thank the fans for their support that they are giving the team.

“We have the opportunity to get into a final, which is close to a title, against a big opponent, in our stadium, with our people, so we are very excited to play the game.”

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