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‘I’ve never seen anything like that in my career,’ Mikel Arteta shocked by Arsenal crowd response to William Saliba own goal vs Leicester

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‘I’ve never seen anything like that in my career,’ Mikel Arteta shocked by Arsenal crowd response to William Saliba own goal vs Leicester

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was taken aback by the enthusiastic reception to William Saliba’s own goal.

The Gunners were cruising at 2-0 when the Frenchman headed past Aaron Ramsdale and into his own net to give Leicester a goal back.

Arteta’s team won 4-2 in the end, and the Arsenal manager was taken aback by the fans’ reaction to the defender’s gaffe.

“What the fans did with Saliba after the own goal is something I’ve never seen anything like that in my career,” said Arteta.

“I think it lifted Willy’s confidence. I’m more happy today [with Saliba] than I was last week with Crystal Palace because of how he reacted to the own goal.”

Summer commitment Gabriel Jesus scored twice and assisted twice to continue his impressive start to life in north London.

And Arteta admits Arsenal are lucky to have him, praising the Brazilian’s goal-scoring instinct.

“It’s what he brings to the team, it’s that energy, that passion, that threat, you have the feeling that something is going to happen,” added the Gunners boss. “I’m delighted to have him.”

“I expect what I know of him, and what we all expect from him is that he has the same level of work rate and enthusiasm that he brings to the team and then he’s going to put the ball in the net because it’s in his nature.”

‘I’ve never seen anything like that in my career,’ Mikel Arteta shocked by Arsenal crowd response to William Saliba own goal vs Leicester

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