What a difference there is between the Arsenal from the beginning of the season compared to the current team. We only won one of our first six League games but now we have won six on the bounce going into the international break and are set to face Liverpool at home afterwards. A win against the Scousers will practically guarantee us a Top Four place and with Chelsea and Man City floundering you never know where we may end up. (Well one can dream, can’t one?)
Arsene Wenger saw his tired team fight to keep all three points at Newcastle this weekend, and feels that Arsenal now have the resilience and solidarity to keep up this amazing run. He said on Arsenal.com: “I am pleased with the spirit of the team and the mental quality of the players,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“They are outstanding guys and it’s a pleasure to see how they behave and a credit to the club as well to see that quality on the behavioural front and the desire to do well.
“I was very pleased with the resilience because it shows qualities that are important such as solidarity, the fact that we refuse to give in and on that front I think we did very well.
“We’re a stronger team today than we were in September and that’s down to the focus of the whole club, of the whole staff and the quality of work the whole staff puts in. Let’s hope we can go from strength to strength now until the end of the season.”
There are still some big tests to come, but Liverpool may be a little less confident after being knocked back by Man United yesterday (and losing Steven Gerrard !) and a win against them, plus another against lowly Burnley, will set us up perfectly for the visit of Chelsea on the 26th April…