Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta dedicated their North London derby victory to the fans for the special atmosphere they created at the Emirates. Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in a 23-minute first-half spell to lay the foundations of a 3-1 win. It was their third consecutive win of the season after they began the season with three consecutive losses.
“This win is for the fans,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said. “They were incredible in tough moments when we needed their support. It doesn’t get much better than the atmosphere we saw here today. It was one of the nicest feelings I had, certainly in this stadium.”
“It was a big occasion, to win it the way we did, and to feel that connection with team and supporters made it really special,” he added. “It’s impossible to attract people and connect with what we’re trying to do if we don’t have fans here. It makes such a difference. We want to entertain them and play in a way that makes them proud.”
Emile Smith Rowe who scored the opener revealed it was the best day of his life. Fellow academy product Bukayo Saka provided the assist for him for the fifth time.
“It’s probably the best day of my life,” Smith Rowe added. “To have my family here as well, it’s a special feeling. The fans have done so much for us today and we want to thank them as much as we can. I feel like we’ve worked so hard. We had a tough start to the season. I feel like it’s going really well at the moment but we need to keep our heads down.”