Arsenal left Old Trafford with a point last night although many Arsenal fans and players think we should have beaten Man United, but our Greek defender Sokratis thought that it was a confidence booster to give us confidence in the games ahead. It was a shame we didn’t get our first win there since 2006 but at least we kept our unbeaten run going and we moved back into the Top Four. Not a position to be sneezed at.
Sokratis said in the Mail: ‘It will give us a lot of confidence. We are a big team and play every game to win but some games you have to know also what you have to do better and when is your strong moment.
‘We had the chance to win, we didn’t win but we take a point and it gives us confidence and we go to the next game.’
‘It was a difficult game,’ he continued. ‘We know they were under pressure because they had to win the game and we spoke before the game and said they were a very good team in the transition so we don’t need to lose easy balls.
‘I think we played compact, a team that was better in the defence and because of this it was a good game for us.
‘Also we had our moments after the goal we scored. We had two big chances but of course for 15, 20 minutes they pressed us and we had to defend well.”
‘I think we did that much better than in other games, we were more disciplined and like a team in the difficult moments when we know we have to defend better.’
The big Greek also thinks that it always good to “not lose” in any away game, and go all out to get maximum points at home. After seeing Emery play with three midfielders again last night I’m beginning to think that is the club’s new philosophy as well, so yes last night was a success! Sokratis continued: ‘It is a long road, I think it will be very difficult for all the teams and it is very important for us that every game we try to win at home. And away from home, last year we didn’t have good results, so don’t lose. It is very important we are disciplined and take a point away from our home.’
He could be right though as we have a good few ‘easier’ games coming up in October, so maybe we could get into a ten-match unbeaten run if we just keep our heads up and our confidence high….