The return of the club’s supporters has delighted Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta. This is especially for their Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal management allowed 2000 fans back at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Rapid Vienna. Arteta says it was ‘special’ as players felt an enormous difference. It has been nine months since fans attended a match at the Emirates. Luckily, the admins allowed a small back into the stadium. “It was very special and [I’m] delighted to have them [the fans] back. I think they made a huge contribution,” said Arteta.
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“We had 2,000 but it looked like many more. They were really supportive with the team; they were very encouraging to the team and the lads were saying here it makes a huge difference to feel that encouragement and support from them.”
Arteta thanked the Gunners’ supporters for showing up and being so supportive. According to him, the 2000 fans looked like many more and the return was really encouraging the players. He added that the sport without fans is completely different, because the players lose a bit of purpose and emotion. Additionally, the players are here to entertain and make the fans enjoy. When they are able to transmit that it gets directly to the players
Arsenal kept their 100 percent record in Europe this season with a comfortable 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna. This happened at the Emirates on Thursday night.
The Gunners had already booked a place in the last 32. Coach Mikel Arteta took the advantage to rest a number of first-team players with an eye on the weekend’s London derby against Tottenham.
The match was also special. The club welcomed fans to the stadium for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Football management had suspended the games to curb spread of Covid-19.