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Arsenal boss Arteta tribute to Wilder; delighted fans connection revived

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has paid tribute to Chris Wilder ahead of their clash with Sheffield United.

Arteta has been impressed with Chris Wilder's efforts at Sheffield United, with the Blades finishing in an impressive ninth place last season on their return to the top flight.

"Incredible," Arteta said of Wilder's achievements. "I start to analyse his team two years [ago] to understand some of the things he was doing and I think him and the coaching staff have done a really, really good job.

"Not just for the way the play because it is a very clear style, but for the culture they created around the club and this feeling that you can sense around the team and how they compete. I think it is remarkable what they have done."

Meanwhile, Arsenal's impressive start to the season, on the back of their FA Cup triumph in August, has understandably raised excitement levels among the fans.

Arteta is happy the connection between the club and the supporters has been restored, though he admits it is frustrating they cannot watch the team in person because of the continued coronavirus restrictions.

"Well I am glad to hear they are excited and hopefully they are proud of how the players and the club are trying to present the team every time we play," he said.

"There is still a long way to go in my opinion, but we are on the right path and it is good that synergy between players, club and fans is back on track.

"Every time I get messages I get the feeling they are very much on board, they are desperate to come back to the Emirates and the players are as well, they are desperate to have our fans back and feel their support and connection again.

"That connection is vital for our success and hopefully we can have them back in the stadium again soon."

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