Arteta reflects on backing from the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Arsenal boss pleased with the backing from the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Mikel Arteta was impressed with the backing his team got from the Arsenal fans on Saturday.

'The fans were terrific, I'm so thankful to them,' said the Gunners head coach, who was 'very frustrated' after his side could not secure three points against the Blades at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta, who was named as Unai Emery's successor in December, was keen to improve the connection between the players and supporters since he got the job, however he now reckons things are heading in the right direction on that front.

"The fans were terrific, they were right behind the team and they appreciated every action as we were pushing them," Arteta told Arsenal Player.

"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."

On Gabriel Martinelli, who scored the opener against Sheffield United yesterday, he said: "He's an 18-year-old kid with all the enthusiasm but as well, he's so brave to make decisions, to threaten the opponent every time.

"He's all the time in the middle of the goal, waiting for an opportunity to come. The fact he hasn't played 90 minutes for a while - since his injury - but is still in the way he went about every single action is impressive."