Saliba scored an own-goal to help Leicester pull a goal back against Arsenal on Saturday, but the defender bounced back to help Arteta’s men claim all three points
Mikel Arteta has hailed the Arsenal crowd for their reaction to William Saliba’s own-goal (
The Frenchman headed past Aaron Ramsdale eight minutes into the second-half to halve Leicester’s deficit. The own-goal came as he again started at centre-back alongside Gabriel, having starred in the win over Crystal Palace on the opening day.
While his performance was not as commanding at the Emirates Stadium, Saliba was able to bounce back from his setback to help the Gunners secure the win. He was caught out when James Justin attempted to head the ball through to Jamie Vardy.
Rather than cut out the ball with header behind for a corner, he could only put it past Ramsdale. Rather than get on his back though, the Arsenal crowd remained supportive of him, something Arteta has now praised.
“I’m really happy with the performance, the victory, the three points and with the way we played. I think it was a really good football match against a really good opponent and it was just a joy to play in front of this crowd,” the Gunners boss said.
“I think the crowd was special, especially after Saliba’s own goal. The way they reacted was something I’ve never seen in football; the amount of support and connection they are showing with us, and especially with William, lifted the team straight away. I have to thank them so much for that.
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Saliba headed past Aaron Ramsdale to see Leicester pull a goal back on Saturday
“From the first minute, they were electric. You feel like they are totally with us, totally engaged and it is so energising for the team. The boys keep talking about it – they can’t wait to play in front of this crowd, and it’s making a huge difference.”
Arsenal went ahead thanks to two goals from Gabriel Jesus, with the Brazilian also laying on two assists. That left Arteta delighted with the summer signing and he also praised the way his side handled going two goals ahead.