Mikel Arteta reacts to return of fans at the Emirates Stadium
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Mikel Arteta reacts to return of fans at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was delighted by the return of the club's supporters for their Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium. 

2000 fans were allowed back at the Emirates in Arsenal's 4-1 victory over Rapid Vienna and Arteta says it was 'special' as players felt a huge difference. It has been nine months since fans attended a match at the Emirates but a small number of fans were finally allowed back into the stadium. 

"It was very special and [I'm] delighted to have them [the fans] back. I think they made a huge contribution," said Arteta. 

"We had 2,000 but it looked like many more. They were really supportive with the team, they were very encouraging to the team and the lads were saying here it makes a huge difference to feel that encouragement and support from them."

"Thank you so much to them for coming and supporting the team. This sport without fans is completely different. The players lose a bit of purpose and emotion. We are here to entertain and make the fans enjoy. When they are able to transmit that it gets directly to the players."

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