At last Arsenal got their act together and won a game this year at last. It definitely seems to make a big difference playing in front of our home crowd at the Emirates, but more important was the urgency which the team showed by trying to put the game to bed as quickly as possible, and as Laurent Koscielny said, our target was just to get the three points.
“It was very important because the last few games we didn’t play well and didn’t get the three points, and we didn’t give as much as we need to, to win games,” our captain said. “Today we were focused on what we want to achieve together, we know we have the quality technically and physically but mentally we needed to push ourselves more. We just had one target and that was to win, and the first half was very good.
“In the second half we were not efficient, we lost a lot of balls and we didn’t play well but we kept the win. Today was important for our confidence and confidence comes with results and wins. So today we are a little bit more confident than last week.
“Without sacrifice on the pitch, the defensive runs and offensive runs give solutions to your team-mates. If you don’t keep this you can’t win in the Premier league so we need to keep this.”
Of course the win was the most important thing, and it was our first of the year after five winless matches, and it was great to see the players working for each other and celebrating together. They looked like they believed in each other.
A perfect display and hopefully we can keep this team spirit for the rest of the season. Who knows where we will end up?