Mikel Arteta believes the last two weeks have been an important learning curve after Arsenal edged past Norwich City 1-0 to collect their first Premier League points of the season.
The Gunners finally scored at the fourth time of asking, avoiding the unwanted club record of going goalless in their opening four league games for the first time in their history.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s tap-in proved the difference – his fifth goal in three top-flight appearances against the Canaries – as the hosts climbed off the foot of the table and up to 16th.
Arteta was pleased with his team’s efforts as they extended their top-flight unbeaten run to eight against Norwich, reflecting on what he sees as a successful two-week period.
“We had to suffer but I knew to win the game it would be like this,” Arteta told BBC Sport post-match.
“After three defeats things get complicated. I must say it has been the best 10 or 14 days in my professional career. Not the easiest, but the best.
“You learn a lot in difficult moments, who you are with. In difficult moments when you see the people and the level of organisation and the fans we have.
“They were ready to suffer today but they just give, give, give to the team. Today and the last week everything glided together.
“We have to improve in a lot of things but today we made seven changes and already it looked different.”
5 – Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored five goals in his three Premier League games against Norwich, also netting a brace in both meetings with the Canaries in 2019-20. Breakthrough. pic.twitter.com/inA3PT2AGv
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