Arteta thanks fans for supporting Granit and calls for support for Tavares – Arseblog News

Granit Xhaka’s second-half screamer sealed Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Manchester United and gave the midfielder a rare moment to wow the Emirates Stadium fans.

For the second time in a week, the Swiss international put on a superb performance in the middle of the park, and his celebration in front of the hardcore fans in Block D underlined just how much relations have improved after years of stalemate.

Having persuaded Xhaka to stay at the club after his public feud with fans, Arteta admits he is happy with the way things have turned.

“I was dreaming about it because he deserved it,” Arteta said in his post-match press conference.

“If each fan individually spends, five or ten minutes with Granit, or two minutes is enough, they will understand the person he is, the professional he is and how much he cares about the club.”

In a recent interview with Players TribuneXhaka said he would love to have a closer relationship with the Arsenal fan base but made it clear that it’s not something he expects given everything that has happened in the past.

The love shown to him today suggests that he might get his wish after all.

“Date [with the fans] He was there and I would say he took a risky step when he opened up completely, expressing his feelings but also,” Arteta said.

“He did it because he feels the environment he’s in is going to protect it, he feels loved at the club, and in response, I think he’s been great, so thank you also to the fans for showing him that appreciation because I know how much that means to him.”

On a tense N5 afternoon, there was a moment when the stands almost turned on Nuno Tavares. The 22-year-old left-back, acting against the injured Kieran Tierney, came down to the flyer by opening the scoring – his first goal for the club – but looked shaky after the break, taking a penalty and then conceding a net. possession on a number of occasions.

It seemed like replacing him might be the sensible move, but Arteta introduced Gabriel Martinelli in place of Emile Smith Rowe, changed his form and seemed to calm down a bit.

“We have to help him,” Arteta said. “He needs to go through these experiences to understand what triggers that moment when you go from here [high] over there [low]. We need to support him.

“I’ve said many times, it’s the bill you have to pay with those players who haven’t experienced this before [pressure].

“They’ll make mistakes and they’ll make decisions from here, it’s very easy to say ‘Why did you do that?'” “But they are on the field, let’s give them support because they need it.”

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