Mikel Arteta says he was overwhelmed by the support of Arsenal’s travelling fans during the 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.
The Gooner contingent were loud and proud in their encouragement of the players throughout the 90 minutes playing a key role in inspiring the ten men to a battling point against the odds.
After the game, the club’s in-house photographers shared incredible pictures of the away end as supporters celebrated goals by Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin.
On his return to the club, Arteta said that it was important to restore the connection between the fans and the players and he thinks he’s made progress since December.
“When I was asked about the things that we’ve done in this month, I think that one of the important things is creating that connection again with the fans,” he told his weekly press conference.
“It’s a long time ago and these people have been here for a long time that we haven’t seen the fans react and support the team how they did against Chelsea.
“It was incredible and in some stages it was like we were playing at home.
“The amount of support they gave was incredible in difficult circumstances and I’m so proud that they’re feeling a little bit closer to the team now.”
It’s going to take a little longer to replicate the Stamford Bridge scenes at the Emirates, but a run of wins in the final stretch of this disappointing season would certainly go some way to restoring confidence and matchday enthusiasm.