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Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal fans chanting ‘we are staying up!’ after Norwich win


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal helped Arsenal get their Premier League campaign up and running with a 1-0 win over Norwich (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta insisted he was on board with Arsenal fans ironically chanting ‘we are staying up’ following Saturday’s narrow win over Norwich.

The Gunners had endured their worst start to a top flight campaign in over half a century having lost their first three matches of the new season, conceding nine times and failing to score a single goal of their own.

Newly promoted Norwich arrived at the Emirates in a similar state of disarray, but it took a scrappy 66th minute effort from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to belatedly give Arsenal their first three point haul of the season.

Arsenal are off the bottom of the Premier League table after their 1-0 win over Norwich (Picture: Getty)

‘I didn’t hear that but if it was done in a funny way, you have to accept it,’ said Arteta,’ responding to the ironic chants that came from the home fans after Aubameyang’s goal.

Arsenal are now off the bottom of the table and will look to improve their plight still further against Burnley at Turf Moor next weekend, having enjoyed the luxury of a week off given they have no European football to worry about after finishing eighth last term.

‘I must say, it’s probably been the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since I’ve been in football,’ added Arteta. ‘I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best.

Arsenal will look to make it back-to-back wins against Burnley next weekend (Picture: Getty)

‘You have to find a purpose for why you do what you do and why you’ve made the decision to be a football player or a coach.

‘It’s all made sense in the last week or so. It’s about the relationship we have built. It’s about the level of trust that everybody at the club has.

It’s about connections and emotionally how players react, how everybody in the team – and I’m talking about every department at the club – supports and tries to improve and be positive around the situation.

‘You have to win football matches but, for me, that’s an absolute joy to watch, how everybody has been behaving around the context that we had around us.

‘I started to see signs many months before. Today you saw a different team, with different names, with different qualities – just different.

‘We want to change things, we want to improve things and we know what we want to get. Today was just another step.’


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