Ange Postecoglou felt our fans played their part in the thrilling late win against Sheffield United.
What could have been such a frustrating afternoon after we’d dominated but found ourselves 1-0 down on 73 minutes turned into one to remember as goals in 12 minutes of added time from Richarlison (90+8) and Dejan Kulusevski (90+10) turned it around.
Deki’s strike was the latest winner in Premier League history and secured our best start to a campaign after five games – four wins, one draw – since 1965/66, when we also won four and drew one. Coincidentally, the sixth game that season was also away at Arsenal, a 2-2 draw.
Asked in his post-match press conference about the connection between himself, the team and the fans, Ange said: “Yeah, it’s crucial. The fans played their part today. It was a really frustrating game, in terms of there were a lot of stoppages and dead time.
“It would have been easy for our supporters to get frustrated but I do think our supporters are seeing in this team, even when things weren’t going to script today and we were 1-0 down, they can see the team trying to play the kind of football they want to see and I think that helps.
“They can resonate with that. That’s what they want to see in their team. They want to see aggression when we have the ball and aggression when we don’t have the ball.
“I think they’ve bought into that because they can see that’s what the players are trying to do. In this early phase it’s crucial because that hopefully fast tracks our development as a football club because there’s no doubt that the players got energy from the supporters today… no doubt about it.”