‘I saw a crowd that wanted to inspire the team’

Mikel Arteta praised the Emirates Stadium crowd for helping the team get over the line for our first Premier League victory of the season.

Our manager admitted that our win against Norwich had been emotionally draining, but thanked our supporters for their part after a difficult start to the season.

“When you read the stuff [that’s written] you don’t really know what to expect,” Arteta told Arsenal Media. “I’m extremely grateful because I know that it’s a difficult moment, but I just saw a crowd that wanted to inspire the team. 

“They were ready to suffer with the team and just give positive energy and support. To demand that when you lose three games is not easy, so it was a very special reaction. Thank you very much.

“Emotionally it was a difficult game to play - after three defeats you come here sitting bottom of the table and [have] everything to prove. But I thought the boys played with tremendous character, a great attitude and right from the beginning you could see what we wanted to do. 

“We had periods in the game and overall I think we deserved to win the match. We should have scored many more.”

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