Mikel Arteta hoping the return of fans this weekend will bring a ‘positive atmosphere’

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is looking forward to having the fans back inside the Emirates when his side take on Brighton on Sunday.

The Coronavirus pandemic initially put a stop to the Premier League fixture schedule before returning without fans in stadiums.

This week we saw fans return to stadiums albeit in a limited capacity, and Sunday will be the first time that the Emirates will play host to fans also.

Arteta is looking forward to having the supporters back inside the Emirates, and is hopeful that the fans will be able to get behind the team.

The Spaniard said in his pre-match conference(via Arsenal.com) “The [fans] haven’t been at the stadium for a long time, we haven’t managed to be together so hopefully it will be a positive atmosphere to support the team and the team trying to give them some joy and win the game.

“Anything that is in our hands to make them happy and to help us to be in a better place today, it’s all positive.

“[The Europa Conference League] is a new competition so I don’t really know what will happen. First of all, let’s try to finish as high as possible and then after we will determine, once we are involved, what the best way is to do it.

“We have experienced in the last few years how tough being in the Europa League is with the amount of games you play and the short turnaround that you have all the time in the Premier League.

“I think there is a lot of history there with teams that have been involved in the Europa League, and the negative consequences that has in the Premier League positions. But we’ve tried to give it the best possible go, we came a little bit short, but this club has to be in Europe.”

It could be a tense encounter, but the fans should be able to help push the team on for victory tomorrow, but whether the result will be enough to earn European football is another story…

Does the manager sound worried about the reception his players will face tomorrow?

Patrick

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11 Comments

  1. Matthew says:

    If you ask me,i’ll say arsenal has the worst match day supporters in the premier league,the atmosphere is always subdued at the emirates even if we are winning 4-0

    1. Goonster says:

      It’s so weird in the Emirates stadium. You have people in there watching any given match like it’s just movie night at a cinema. Lol
      When you try to get the atmosphere going it gets awkward, because sometimes people around you will turn around / look at all smiling or pissed off that you are too noisy. That thing is so awkward.

      But our away fans are some of best in the business. I attended one game away at old trafford in 2014/15 when K.Gibbs awarded them an own goal, it was buzzing at old trafford.

  2. ozziegunner says:

    What’s the weather forecast for the tourists at the Emirates?

  3. Sean Williams says:

    It’s up to Arteta to produce the football supporters can identify with. Our manager is relying on ego not reality. It has to start with you Arteta.

  4. Sean Williams says:

    Putting the onus on supporters…….what a load of shite that is. Almost the most stupid thing I have heard. You are manager……play football!

    1. Goonster says:

      This is the quote “ “The [fans] haven’t been at the stadium for a long time, we haven’t managed to be together so hopefully it will be a positive atmosphere to support the team and the team trying to give them some joy and win the game.

      “Anything that is in our hands to make them happy and to help us to be in a better place today, it’s all positive.”

      I might be misinterpreting the whole thing. But from what I can gather he said The team will try to give the fans some joy and win games.

      He also said, paraphrasing “It’s in his and the players hands to make the fans happy then that positivity will rub onto the fans.”.

      I don’t seee where he supposedly said that it’s up to the fans to get the team going.

      Am i missing something here?

  5. Declan says:

    I think the team will get a brilliant reception tomorrow, but if things start to go wrong the fans will turn, so I’m hoping as most of us are, for a good performance. COYG.

  6. FingersFurnell says:

    I would like to think the fans inside the ground will be supportive

  7. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    be careful what you wish for Mikel

  8. Reggie says:

    Too late to bring joy, the season has been below standard, a good job the fans were not in the stadium this season, for Artetas sake. I hooe the team and Arteta dont do an end of season lap of honour, they have brought no honour.

  9. Declan says:

    Anyone on here going to the game today?

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