Arsenal are now faced with a fantastic opportunity to seal an early place in the first knockout phase of the Champions League. The Gunners are sitting in a healthy position, five points ahead of Anderlecht with the Belgiums due at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night.
So a win would leave us eight points clear but there is no way we should take the result for granted, especially after we had to use up a massive slice of our good fortune to bring all thgree points back from the away tie. Anderlecht will c ertainly feel as though they can get something from the game after taking the lead after 70 minutes of our last clash.
And Arsene Wenger has already suggested in his post match comments from the win over Burnely, as reported by Arsenal.com, that the Arsenal players might have to show the same patience that we did on Saturday. Because it was around the same time that we scored the first of three against Burnley that the Belgians took the lead. As the manager explains, you sometimes need to keep your shape and keep playing your game even when you have not made the breakthrough.
Wenger said of the Burnley game, “We had a strong team pressure and we had to intensify that in the second half, which we did. Slowly you could see that the chances were coming and at the end of the day, it became easy when it was 2-0. They did very hard and we did make mistakes at the back. Overall I think it was a very satisfying win. Recently at home we haven’t got the results we wanted but for the confidence of the team it’s also important to win without conceding a goal.
“Yes [the patience was impressive]. In the recent games at home we were not patient and we have learned. We look a bit more balanced between offence and defence. We were less in trouble when we lost the ball today – we were serious and that is very important in the efficiency.”
You can bet that the visitors on Tuesday night will try to frustrate us and if Arsenal do not get an early goal, it could be another bervy game. But the Gunners are starting to show their class again and the confidence of getting late goals should help for us to have that patience.