Arsenal have played some brilliant football this season, but it is not possible to do it in every game. It is lovely to watch the flowing style on show against Tottenham on Saturday, but I think we all agree that the most important thing was beating our north London rivals and getting into the next round of the FA cup.
Just like in the Premier League, the thing that really matters is taking all three points. In a long and difficult season, the teams that can find a way to do that, even when not at their best, are usually the ones who end up lifting the big trophy at the end of the season. Like Manchester United last time, who most agree were far from their best but somehow kept picking up the points.
Jack Wilshere believes that the Gunners have found that formula now. The English midfielder explained, in an Arsenal.com report, that this all started to happen in the latter stages of last season, when Arsenal were up against is after losing to Tottenham. We then won eight and drew two of the last 10 games and that momentum has carried on this season to put us right at the top of the Premier League.
Wilshere said, “Sometimes you can’t always play your best and you have to still win games.
“You’ve seen the likes of Man United and Chelsea do that in the past and we’re starting to do that now.
“Something clicked towards the end of last season, where we knew we had to get fourth, in games we weren’t playing well but still winning.
“You’re not going to play your best in every game. You look at Cardiff, in the first half we weren’t at our best and even in the second half we kept trying and trying and it looked like it wasn’t going to come. We tried until the end and we got a massive win.
“If we keep doing that then we’ll be in there.”
Four of those eight wins at the end of last season were by just a single goal, which highlights Jack’s point. You get the same points for a lucky or narrow win as you do for an absolute thumping after all. If Arsenal keep scraping wins and become champions at the end of the season, is anyone going to moan that we weren’t stylish enough?