Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal support after momentous Liverpool win forces Jurgen Klopp to concede title chances are over

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Mikel Arteta thanked the Arsenal fans for generating an atmosphere he has never witnessed before after his side claimed a seismic 3-2 win over Liverpool.

The Gunners clinched an eighth victory of the season and reclaimed top spot in the Premier League after Bukayo Saka’s winner from the penalty spot ended Liverpool’s challenge after they fought back from a goal down twice at a feverish Emirates Stadium.

Arteta called on his players to give the Arsenal faithful something to cheer about and Gabriel Martinelli’s 58-second opener did just that, setting the tone for a memorable victory which further fuelled the lofty expectations growing in north London.

“Thank you so much to the boys and our supporters for experiencing an afternoon like this,” Arteta said. “It’s why we are here, and I really enjoyed it, especially the way we won.

“I’ve never seen it like this. You cannot imagine how much it helps the players and how much belief and confidence, how much support… it’s one of the nicest things we’ve done since we’ve been together here – to unite everybody and feel like you go here and you’re going to have some experience. It’s great.

“The feeling of winning is so powerful and so meaningful for me today for me, I saw a team I really identify with, the personality they show in difficult moments, how they stick to what they have to do but at the same time, the belief, the courage, and the free mind to just go for it and attack them and put them under pressure.”

Despite striking in the first minute, Arsenal saw Liverpool wrestle back momentum and deservedly equalise through Darwin Nunez on 34 minutes.

The Gunners restored their lead on the stroke of half-time through Saka’s first, but that was not enough to escape the wrath of Arteta during the interval, where he delivered a ‘lively’ team talk which equipped his players for an improved second period.

“It was a lively half-time team talk, but I wanted to give them some encouragement and confidence the game was there for the taking,” Arteta added. “There were obviously a few things we had to adjust and be better at; more composure and more courage to play.

“Everything was better in the second half. The organisation, the timing of the press, we won every duel and second ball. I was really happy with that.”

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