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Mikel Arteta hails best fortnight of career after Arsenal’s win over Norwich

Mikel Arteta hailed the most efficient fortnight in his footballing profession because it culminated with an important Premier League win of the season with victory over Norwich.

The Gunners went into the weekend sitting at the bottom of the table after losing their first three matches. 

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half scrappy tap-in on the Emirates Stadium was once sufficient to seal a 1-0 win over the Canaries, an outcome that leaves the guests at the bottom of the table. 

It was once not an exciting victory for Arsenal who made seven adjustments from the brutal defeat at Manchester Town last month.

Ramsdale was given the nod over Bernd Leno while Tomiyasu made his debut for the club. 

 Arteta’s job has come under increasing scrutiny with his side struggling for results and performances, but the Spaniard believes that he will look back on the past fortnight as one of the most pivotal periods of his managerial career.

Speaking to Sky Sports News after the game, Arteta said: “For me, it has been the best week or 10 days of my career in this industry. I am not saying they were the easiest, but I went to the game today with real emotion.

“You want to see the people you work with and how they react to difficult moments – the level of commitment they have, how much belief they have and what you are trying to explain to them.

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

The Gunners boss also singled out Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu for praise during their first Premier League starts for the club.

Speaking to reporters in his pre-match press conference, Arteta said of Ramsdale: “I think he was terrific. Not only what he did on the technical side, but it’s also what he transmits. His chemistry with the backline… I had to make a decision today and Aaron was the right one to do so.

When asked about Tomiyasu’s display, Arteta added: “Really positive. The first impression when you meet him is joy, happiness and energy. He was cramping [in the second half], he had to travel [earlier in the week] and we had to take him off.”

Arsenal managed to avoid equalling an unwanted 98-year-old losing record by getting off the mark against Norwich, and Arteta has admitted that he got “pretty emotional” during Saturday’s game

The Spaniard said: “I had doubts because I had to read, understand & reflect on different criticisms. The club has been open about what we’re trying to do, but I just saw incredible fans supporting the team. I’m extremely grateful, I got pretty emotional to see that.

“It was a must-win game and I saw a team out of the blocks straight away, wanted to score and wanted to please everybody.”

The Gunners now have a week to recover before next week’s trip to Burnley, and Aubameyang has acknowledged that his side must start to be more clinical after scoring just once in 30 attempts on Saturday.

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