Following the 1-0 win over Burnley at definitely not The Hawthorns on Saturday, Arsenal players celebrated victory with the fans, shirts were handed to supporters, and after a hard-working performance, there was mutual appreciation for what each set had contributed during the 90 minutes.
It was nice to see after a fractious start to the season where results and performances were not good enough, but with a fresh look to side – the game on Saturday finished with all six summer signings on the pitch – there was something for supporters to get behind, and it’s something that Mikel Arteta is keen to cultivate.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners third round League Cup clash against AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday night, the Arsenal boss was pleased with the interaction, and believes it will help as the season goes on.
“I felt it,” he said.
“I felt there was some connection building and I think they realise what they have done, and the players have to show that appreciation and gratitude like that did.
“That only brings more cohesion, more connection and more relationships, closer relationships and that will strengthen the team for sure.”
The Spaniard was also delighted that almost 48,000 tickets for tomorrow’s game have been sold so far.
“I am really happy to hear that,” he said, “because the boys are really looking forward to playing at the Emirates again in the cup, winning that game is the only priority right now and then we can think about Spurs and how special that is as well.”
There’s likely to be heavy rotation ahead of the North London derby, with plenty of depth to come in and make sure that the so-called ‘first’ team is fresh for the weekend.
“I hope that I can put out the strongest team I can,” said Arteta.
“That means that the players have performed really well and then give a really strong performance and this is what we want to do.”