Granit Xhaka believes that Arsenal are showing the doubters that his side have the fight and aggression needed to succeed after some tough times of late.
The Gunners were criticised for lacking ‘cojones’ recently when Watford came from behind to steal all three points a couple of weeks ago, but we have since enjoyed our own reversals, coming from a goal down to win in each of our last three games.
Granit Xhaka now claims that those results have shown exactly what Arsenal are made of, despite the challenges they are currently facing.
“It’s the third time in a week that the team have come from behind to win, that says a lot about this team,” Xhaka stated.
“Lots of people talk about the character of our team, that it’s not right and that we need to do more. But we always show that we can come back.
“Today we were 1-0 down, last week we were 1-0 down, but we turned the games around and that shows the character of this team.
“The manager told us at half-time that we had to give more, that we had to be more aggressive and play quicker.
“You have to pay compliments to Swansea – they stood deep in the first half and were good defensively. In the second half, we played as we know we can and it was very important for us to win.”
As much as we have shown the fight needed to come from behind in our previous outings, I can’t help but hope we don’t go behind in any of our coming matches, with two tough opponents coming up in the next seven days.
Trailing to Manchester City may well see us come unstuck next weekend, but I’m certainly happy that our team is playing with the desire and intensity needed to turn these sort of matches around.
Do our players and manager deserve more credit for their recent results?