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Good vibes: Mikel Arteta

Good vibes: Mikel Arteta

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Good vibes: Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes his Arsenal players are starting to rebuild their relationship with the club's supporters.

The Spaniard was appointed last month to succeed Unai Emery, whose own 18-month reign ended with plenty of animosity pouring down from the Emirates Stadium crowd.

The Gunners were pegged back by Sheffield United on Saturday as Gabriel Martinelli's opener on the stroke of half-time was cancelled out by John Fleck's late leveller.

The 1-1 draw leaves Arsenal 10th in the Premier League and with just one win from their last seven games.

But, unlike the jeering and negativity which greeted the final whistle during the majority of Emery's last games, Arteta praised Arsenal's supporters for sticking with the team.

"The fans were terrific," he said.

"They were right behind the team and they appreciated every action as we were pushing them.

"I'm so thankful to them because, compared to how it was a month ago, I think it's completely different.

"We have to keep trying to convincing them and encouraging them to keep doing it, and hopefully they can deserve and enjoy more good results."

Blades chief Chris Wilder had mixed feelings afterwards.

"Really, my overriding emotion, obviously we are delighted with the result but in the last 10 minutes we probably should have won it," he said.

"I don't think we would have deserved to win it because the performance level wasn't of the highest standard."

Belfast Telegraph