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Arteta: Arsenal comeback was "extra special"

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Arteta scored a crucial penalty against Norwich. (©GettyImages)
Arteta scored a crucial penalty against Norwich. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has said that the victory against Norwich City at the weekend was “extra special” because of the nature in which the side got the three points.

Before the game the Gunners knew a win would see them jump London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea to third in the Premier League.

During the game at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, it was very much a one-way first half with all the pressure coming from the hosts, but they failed to convert their chances and the first half ended goalless. Striker Olivier Giroud came closest when his header hit the bar and went over.

Then came the biggest shock to Arsenal. After Norwich were award a dubious free-kick, defender Michael Turner, was left unmarked in the penalty area and he thumped the ball past Lukasz Fabianski to give the away team an unlikely lead.

With the game closing into its final ten minutes, it was vice-captain Mikel Arteta that stepped up to pull the Gunners back level after converting a penalty on the 80th minute.

Goals then followed with a Sebastian Bassong own goal and a Lukas Podolski strike giving Arsenal a 3-1 victory.

Arteta revealed after the game that the victory felt extra special because the side had to come from behind and the fact that they scored all the goals in the last ten minutes.

“We had enough chances in the first half to go in front and then suddenly the first chance they get, they score,” Arteta said to Arsenal’s official website. 

“With five minutes to go, you would hardly believe we would get three but we did it.

“We just had to keep believing, keep creating chances and in the end I thought we deserved to win. It is a massive result for us. It doesn't matter what happens, until the referee blows the final whistle we will never give up.

“We have a lot to play for, it is massive for us to get into the Champions League spots and we have to keep fighting.

“It does [boost confidence to win in this manner] because we know we can react when something bad happens.

“It was very tough because they didn't have any chances and then they get a free kick and score. It was a tough one to take, and the crowd got a bit nervous but we had the character to get back into it and then win.”


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