Nicolas Pepe joked “we remain standing” in an Instagram post before quickly deleting it after Arsenal sealed their first win of the season with a 1-0 win over Norwich.
After being beaten in their first three games without scoring, the Gunners finally got a few points on the board as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped at home to win all three points.
It wasn’t a thrilling victory for Arsenal, who made seven changes from the stinging loss to Manchester City before the international break, but it was much needed and the pressure from Mikel Arteta has been lifted for the time being.
Part of the Emirates crowd chanted “we are standing” during the game and the clearly amused Pepe repeated it on his Instagram before quickly removing the post.
Aubameyang also sent a heartfelt message to the fans after scoring the winner of the match.
Writing on Instagram, he said: “For some people it’s just 3 points – for us it means a little more. When we lose as players, we are the first to be sad and touched on the inside.
“We are human beings, which is why you can now see the happiness in the photos – and now we have to go on and keep that happiness thank you all the fans today you gave us an extra boost ! “
Arteta hailed the best fortnight of his footballing career which culminated with a first Premier League win of the season with a win over Norwich.
Arteta had already started to come under pressure after the poor start to the season, but he insists the work the club has done over the past two weeks has seemed to be returning to its purpose.
“I have to say these are probably the best 10 to 15 days I’ve ever had since getting into football,” he said.
“I’m not saying they were the easiest, but probably the best. Because you have to find a goal, why you do what you do and why you made the decision to become a footballer, a coach.
“It’s about the relationships we’ve built, the level of trust everyone at the club has, the connections.
“Emotionally, how the players react, how everyone in the team, and I talk about any department in the club, support, follow and try to be positive about the situation. You have to win football matches. but it is a joy to see how everyone behaved in the context that we had around.
“I got quite moved to see this because I think it’s pretty hard to see football and maybe people were expecting something, they want to go another way – to try to convey the hate or other – it wasn’t at all. So thank you very much. “
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