Mikel Arteta praised by former Arsenal winger for making decisive action against Norwich

By Louie Chandler

Arsenal picked up their first win of the Premier League season on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium, one that would have lifted the pressure on Mikel Arteta slightly.

The Spaniard had come under immense scrutiny following the worst start to a season in the club's history - losing to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City without scoring a goal over their first three matches - leaving them bottom of the Premier League table.

But thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's second half strike, the pressure has lifted somewhat, and Arteta has even come in for some rare praise, including from former Arsenal winger Perry Groves.

Groves, who played for the Gunners in the 80s and 90s, credited the Gunners' boss for making attacking changes following a goalless first half.

"I'll give Arteta a little bit of credit," Groves said on talkSPORT.

"He needed to make substitutions and he brought on [Thomas] Partey and [Emile] Smith Rowe but he left on [Martin] Odegaard. He took off [Albert Sambi] Lokonga. He wanted as many attacking players on as possible.

"So hats off to Arteta."

Partey in particular played a big part in the winning goal, firing a brilliant pass into the feet of Bukayo Saka to launch the attack from which Aubameyang eventually scored, bundling home after Nicolas Pepe was denied by the post.

Next up for Arsenal is an awkward trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley, a team they have failed to beat in each of their last three attempts.


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