The belief that Arsenal would go to Goodison Park and beat Everton at the weekend was not exactly strong with the Arsenal fans, or with this particular one at least, even though we had put on a good show in Barcelona and even had the best team in the world looking worried for a while.
The Gunners did it though, by keeping up the passion and drive that Arsene Wenger saw in Spain and asked them to repeat on Merseyside, as Arsenal.com reported last week.
He said, “I believe we go into this game taking the positives from our performance against Barcelona and being focused. The fact [is] we had a very dynamic, mobile, fluent performance with 20 shots on goal, 12 on target at Barcelona.
“Overall our performance was positive. We just want to continue playing with the same passion and drive until the end of the season.”
So far so good then, but how can the Arsenal players keep playing with that same spirit for the next eight Premier League games? Well at least they go into this international break in the right frame of mind and whether they will be taking the chance to rest and recharge the batteries, like Bellerin, Monreal and Coquelin, or joining up with their national squads like Alexis, Welbeck and all, the recent upturn in Arsenal’s form should help them to come back with a spring in their step.
And I reckon that having Watford as our next opponents is a big plus point because we owe them one after the FA cup exit, especially after their keeper on the day, a former spud, said that Arsenal were like a small team and they played us perfectly. Really Gomes? Well let’s see if you can do it again shall we?