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'Something I’ve never seen in football': Arteta stunned by second-half moment in Arsenal win today
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'Something I’ve never seen in football': Arteta stunned by second-half moment in Arsenal win today

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has thanked the Gunners fans for their support of William Saliba on Saturday.

The north Londoners ran out 4-2 winners over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute with a lofted finish over Danny Ward.

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The £45million man then doubled Arsenal’s lead 12 minutes later, nodding in at the back post from a corner.

Leicester halved the deficit early in the second half through a William Saliba own goal.

However, the Gunners restored their two-goal lead two minutes later, Ward gifting them a goal.

The Leicester goalkeeper parried a cross into the path of Jesus, who set up Granit Xhaka for Arsenal’s third.

Midway through the second half, the Foxes once again got on the scoresheet, only for the Gunners to strike immediately after.

James Maddison rifled in an effort which went under Aaron Ramsdale from a tight angle in the 74th minute.

And moments later, Gabriel Martinelli drilled in a fourth for the Gunners from the edge of the box.

“They were electric”

Saliba delivered a good display overall, with his own goal the only negative from the day.

The 21-year-old is at the start of what could be a phenomenal career, and he’s bound – as for any player – to make the odd mistake.

And Arteta, speaking to the Arsenal media team after the game, was stunned by what he witnessed from the Arsenal fans after his error.

“I’m really happy with the performance, the victory, the three points and with the way we played,” said the Gunners boss.

“I think it was a really good football match against a really good opponent and it was just a joy to play in front of this crowd.

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“I think the crowd was special, especially after Saliba’s own goal.

“The way they reacted was something I’ve never seen in football; the amount of support and connection they are showing with us, and especially with William, lifted the team straight away.

“I have to thank them so much for that.

“From the first minute, they were electric. You feel like they are totally with us, totally engaged and it is so energising for the team.

“The boys keep talking about it – they can’t wait to play in front of this crowd, and it’s making a huge difference.”

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