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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: ‘Past 10-15 days have been my best in football’

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the past fortnight has been his “best days” in football after the Gunners finally claimed their first win of the season by beating Norwich.

Before that, the club had made a miserable start to the season by losing their first three Premier League games and failing to score a goal.

They were sat bottom of the table before Saturday’s game with Norwich, which they won 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal.

Arteta, however, has said the past two weeks have been the best in his career as he has seen he unity at Arsenal.

“I must say that probably it has been the best 10-15 days I have ever had since I have been in football,” he said.

“I am not saying that they were the easiest, but probably the best.

“Because you have to find a purpose, why do what you do and why you have made the decision to become a football player, a coach.

“It is about the relationships that we have built, it is about the level of trust that everybody at the club has, the connections. Emotionally, how players react, how everybody in the team - and I am talking about any department at the club - supports, follows and tries to be positive around the situation.

“You have to win football matches but it is a joy to watch how everyone was behaving around the context that we had around.

“What I am describing is probably what you guys don’t see, what is happening internally. And then I have doubts, I have question marks because obviously I had to read, I had to understand, I had to reflect a little bit on different opinions and criticism and I don’t know how much they are going to be affected.

“I think the club has been extremely open in trying to send a message across of what we are trying to do and I have question marks. I have to be honest.

“But I just saw incredible fans trying to inspire the team, trying to tell them ‘we are ready to suffer with you and we are going to support you.’ The rest it doesn’t matter. I am extremely grateful.”

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