Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has praised the contributions of the home crowd following Arsenal’s third successive victory at the Emirates, calling them ‘fantastic and unbelievable’ (via Arsenal.com). The Gunners won the midweek fixture against Bayern Munich in front of a roaring Emirates, and increased their tally by grinding out a win against a resilient Everton side on Sunday.
Prior to the game against the German champions, the home supporters turned Emirates Stadium red and white, also holding up banners to spell out ‘Together’. The game was one of the most fiercely contested fixtures in recent times, and the fans’ cheering and support definitely played a crucial part in the final scoreline. Speaking about that game, Arteta said, “The display before the game was fantastic, and things like that really do make a difference. The way the crowd has behaved in the last few games has been unbelievable, and has really helped the team.
“They were right behind us in their reactions – it made a difference. The way the club and the fans are engaging now with this togetherness is brilliant. As a team we feel very close to the fans, like one unit. It makes it feel like the Emirates crowd is closer and closer to the pitch, and that makes it hard for the opposition too.
“As soon as we have a good action, you can sense some fear in the opposition, because the crowd give such a great reaction. Let’s continue like this, it’s superb.”
The victory against Everton yesterday gave the fans even more reason to cheer as Arsenal leapfrogged Manchester City to the top spot in the League table. While we do not have any more home games for a while now, the recent results have ensured that the next time a team visits the Emirates, it will certainly be very intimidating for them and will give us an advantage well before kick-off.