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Arteta finally records a victory

This must be Arteta’s best week of his career as Arsenal finally records a win against Norwich.

This must be Arteta's best week of his career as Arsenal finally records a win against Norwich.

It has been a disappointing start for Arsenal, but the gunners finally came to a victory in their last meeting after they beat Norwich, Mikel Arteta hailed it as “the best week of my career” as the Gunners got their season up and running.

The Arsenal boss came into the game under the spotlight after starting the season with three defeats on the spin without scoring, and the tension was growing further inside Emirates Stadium until Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck on the 66th minute.

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It was one of 30 shots Arsenal had on Norwich’s goal in a performance that offered hope that a fruitful season could still be on the cards despite the worrying start.

Arteta made seven changes in total from their defeat at Manchester City, with debuts handed to Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu, while Ben White and Gabriel were partnered at centre-half for the first time and looked assured.

“For me, it’s the been the best week or 10 days of my career in this industry,” Arteta expressed.

“I am not saying they were the easiest, but I got to the game today with a real emotion inside because you learn a lot in difficult moments, who you are with. In difficult moments when you see the people and the level of organization and the fans we have.

“From the top of the club to everybody that works with us as a team, I cannot be any prouder for what we’ve done.

“And then you have to win football matches and get results. That’s unquestionable but that’s very meaningful.

“And I also have to say I saw the crowd and I didn’t know what to expect today because I didn’t know what the feeling was.

“They were ready to suffer from the team today and they were only focused on trying to give things to the team, so I am extremely grateful to them as well.

There were sarcastic chants of “we are staying up” rang around the home stands at the Emirates as the result lifted Arsenal to 16th place on three points from four games.

“It was a deserved win as well because we had chances to finish the game much earlier than we did,” Arteta added.

“It was a tricky game to play because you were playing not only the game but the emotions too and knowing what happened in the last three weeks and the games that we’ve lost.

“We knew that today was a must-win game. We came here and you saw the attitude of every player and I’m happy to give something to the fans as well.

“We started crisp, really sharp, really attacking and with a high press, and after 20 to 25 minutes our rhythm broke and we started to give the ball away. We wanted to attack in one or two passes, and we were very split with big distances. We looked a little bit shaky in some moments.

“In the second half, straight away, we took control of the game and we looked like the team that was going to win the game.”