Arteta looking up after victory

Arsenal boss: ‘Best 10 to 15 days I’ve had in football’

Thursday, 16th September 2021 — By Steve Barnett

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WHAT a difference a win makes down at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal mustered a whopping 30 shots at goal against Norwich on Saturday, of which only seven were on target and only one found the back of the net as the Gunners finally picked up their first Premier League points of the season.

The 1-0 victory, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tap-in, lifted Arsenal off the bottom of the table.

And far from dwelling on how his charges scraped a narrow win against the only side that had, going into the game, been as bad as the north Londoners this term, Mikel Arteta was determined to pull out the positives.

The Gunners boss chirped about “the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since I’ve been in football” as he praised the efforts of his players behind the scenes.

“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,” Arteta added.

“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.”

And the future aspirations for an Arsenal side now basking in the dizzying heights of 16th place?

Well, as Arteta prepares to take his side to Turf Moor this Saturday for what will no doubt be a bruising encounter against Burnley, the Spaniard (pictured) made his goal crystal clear.

He said: “We want to be up there with the best in this country, and be the best like when we have been one of the best in terms of performances and trophies. That is our only aim.”

Meanwhile, Feyenoord coach Arne Slot has questioned the intensity of Arsenal’s training after revealing that Reiss Nelson has struggled to cope with the Dutch side’s more rigorous sessions.

The winger, who is spending the season on loan in Rotterdam, will be starting his campaign on the sidelines after picking up an injury.

Slot said: “Nelson had participated in almost all training sessions at Arsenal, but he experiences the training here as a bit more intense.”

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