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Ainsley Maitland-Niles savored Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna and was particularly grateful to play in a more advanced role for the Gunners.
A dominant screen saw the The gunners achieve a victory that secured the first place in Group B of the Europa League.
However, the victory was even more special given that Arsenal were able to play in front of 2,000 fans for the first time since March.
Spirit Maitland-Niles, speaking to BT sport, was delighted to welcome the return of Arsenal’s ‘twelfth man’.
“We said before the game that we would have fun and enjoy ourselves,” he said. “We wanted to enjoy the moment and feel good, we did it and we executed it brilliantly.
“We have waited a long time [to have the fans back], it’s a great feeling to have them back. Tonight it was only a few thousand, but we expect more to come. It’s great to get that sound back and have our twelfth man back. “
When asked what he brought to the game, Maitland-Niles admitted that he enjoyed his performance.
“I had a bit of legs in midfield, I moved, attacked, recovered the ball,” he said. “He was going up and down the field and being a little more dynamic.”
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Lacazette delighted with goal
The Gunners opened the scoring early on with an excellent Alexandre Lacazette objective. He was also thrilled to give fans something special to cheer on.
“It was amazing. We were so happy to see the fans today.”
“It’s very nice when the fans are behind us.”
Alexandre Lacazette reacts by scoring the first goal since the return of the spectators to the Emirates …
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“It was amazing, we were so happy to see the fans today that it really helped us during the game,” he said. “Even in bad times they pushed us to play well, obviously we played well, it was good football.
“We had two players who came back from injury [Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers] so we’re very happy for them, so it was a good night. “
Speaking of his goal, he added: “It was really good, really nice when the fans are behind us. It hasn’t been easy for me these last few weeks, but seeing the fans behind me and the team. I really enjoyed tonight so thanks to them.
“Tonight we wanted to enjoy it and get our fifth win in a row, which we did. Now we have time to refocus for the derby at the weekend. We just have to rest and see what happens over the weekend ”.
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