Arteta pinpointed the fans' support following William Saliba's unfortunate own goal in the 53rd minute. According to the Spanish tactician, the supporters at the Emirates helped the team bounce back straightaway after conceding a goal. The Gunners scored just moments from Saliba's own goal via Granit Xhaka.
The support will definitely help Saliba during his initial games as an Arsenal player. Arteta has therefore thanked the fans for their incredible support throughout the game.
Speaking after their 4-2 win over the Foxes, Arteta was quoted as saying the following (via arsenal.com):
“I’m really happy with the performance, the victory, the three points and with the way we played. I think it was a really good football match against a really good opponent and it was just a joy to play in front of this crowd."
“I think the crowd was special, especially after Saliba’s own goal. The way they reacted was something I’ve never seen in football; the amount of support and connection they are showing with us, and especially with William, lifted the team straight away. I have to thank them so much for that."
Arteta has also revealed that the players are looking forward to playing in front of these fans again. He said:
“From the first minute, they were electric. You feel like they are totally with us, totally engaged and it is so energising for the team. The boys keep talking about it - they can’t wait to play in front of this crowd, and it’s making a huge difference.”
Gabriel Jesus guides Arsenal to a victory over Leicester
New summer signing Gabriel Jesus starred as Arsenal secured a commanding win over Leicester. The Brazilian forward netted a brace in the first half to help the Gunners secure their second win of the season in as many games.
Jesus' first goal was an audacious chip from inside the box which looped over the top of Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward. His second goal was a header from close range at the back post.
Gabriel Martinelli and Xhaka were the other goalscorers for the Gunners.
Arsenal's next Premier League game is against newly-promoted AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, August 20, at the Vitality Stadium.