Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed the atmosphere at the Emirates following his side’s comeback win over Manchester United on Sunday.
THE LOWDOWN: BIG WIN
Arsenal came from a goal down to beat Manchester United 3-2 at the Emirates to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League log. It was a game of huge significance after second-placed Manchester City toppled 3-0 Wolves before the clash at the Emirates.
The Gunners then went behind to Marcus Rashford’s goal before Eddie Nketiah and Bukayo Saka turned the game around and after Lisandro Martinez’s equalizer, Arsenal had to dig deep in front of the home fans to snatch a late winner through Nketiah against the Red Devils.
THE LATEST: INCREDIBLE ATMOSPHERE
“It was a beautiful moment at the end to win a game of this stature,” Mikel said at full-time.
“The way we’ve done it with our people and the atmosphere that created… It doesn’t get much better than that – it was great.
“Today again the experience with these people. How they support the team, the energy that they create especially when we concede a goal, I’ve never seen this. Straight away they’re behind the team and putting energy into the team it’s just incredible to live it.”
There were standout performances across the team, and the manager said the collective effort paved the way for the win.
“Collectively they were incredible. To play against this team especially after conceding first. The way we played, the way we sustained our level and we got better and better at the end of the game. We showed a lot of emotional control and a lot of quality and personality to take the ball and do what we did, especially in the second half to win the game.
“Desire is not enough. Desire is great, attitude is great and personality is good but then you need the quality and the organisation. The boys were incredibly good today and deserved to win the game.”
THE VERDICT: A FORTRESS
The Emirates has been a fortress for Arsenal this season and it is not surprising to see that it played a key role in another important fixture on Sunday.
Arteta’s men have dropped just two points from nine home games in the league so far this season, and the reaction inside the stadium at full-time told just how important this win was.