The Arsenal First Team played five games in October, winning all five, scoring 12 goals and conceding just the one against Everton. Beating Man United and Bayern Munich, both 3-0, must be the highlights of our run, but yesterday’s dour victory in Swansea was just as important to keep our momentum going ahead of our return trip to Munich.
Joel Campbell had a brilliant start yesterday, and although he is happy, he just wants to keep going forward and get ready for this crucial Champions League game coming up. “I’m very happy,” he said on the official Arsenal website. “I had to wait for this moment and now we have to keep working to strengthen our team.
“I’m very happy but the important thing is the team wins. We had a good game so we have to keep going and prepare for the next game against Bayern Munich.”
That is a good attitude from Joel, as you would think he would want to lap up the praise for such a milestone in his career. Perhaps he will be our surprise package this season?
The opening goal was scored by our much-maligned Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who keeps dumbfounding his critics every week. He also agreed that the win was nice, but we have to focus on Wednesday to keep our run going.
Giroud said: “It was definitely a good win. We needed this win before the big game on Wednesday. We started slowly but we were creating chances to score. We needed to wait until the second half to put it in and to score three goals and even more, get another clean sheet.”
The Gunners lost home and away to Swansea last season,so this was another three points gained. “We needed to change that.” Giroud continued. “We had two difficult games against Swansea and to play here and as I said it was not easy in the first half but we succeeded to play our game, more in between the lines with more technique and we were efficient up front and at the back as well so we are really pleased with this game so hopefully we can win the second leg as well.”
If Arsenal do continue our great run against Bayern Munich, we are likely to be left with the crazy situation where Olympiakos are top of our Champions League Group with just two games to go. This could get very, very interesting!