Both Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker spoke about how the precarious position that the club will be in as we head into final game of the Champions League group phase. There are no gray areas and the fact that Arsenal have a clear and unequivocal task ahead, they believe, could help us to get the right result.
It might sound a bit daft on the face of it and some people will say that they are just trying to make the best of a bad situation. Maybe they are but you cannot ignore the evidence that points to them being right.
The Gunners have in recent years had all sorts of criticisms and accusations hurled our way and there have been good reasons for many of them. One is that we only really turn up and produce our best performances when circumstances demand it.
The way we have struggled in the Premier League and then come on strong to secure a Champions League place is a typical example. Others are the way we performed away to Bayern Munich and then again in Monaco last year after limp showings at home. Hopefully this trend continues when Arsenal face Olympiacos.
And hopefully this trait will work in our favour this weekend as all of our EPL rivals play before we kick off in Norwich on Sunday. Arsenal could have dropped to fifth by then and be a good few points off top spot, so will our ability to respond to pressure come to the rescue again?