Arsenal now have to prepare to face Atletico Madrid on Thursday, and before yesterday’s game Wenger told us that his team selection and tactics were all done with Atletico in mind, but also to make sure we got the three points.
It was successful in all areas and Wenger was understandably pleased. “I was focused on winning the game,” Wenger told BBC Sport. “We just tried to be professional and do our job even when the circumstances are different. It was a good team spirit and good preparation for Thursday.
“I think we constructed patiently. We didn’t make big mistakes. First of all before winning a trophy, you need to get through the semi-finals. This is a good way to prepare – scoring goals against a strong West Ham team who have done well recently.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been very nice and kind and praised me more than I deserved it. I would like to say thank you everyone. It’s been a great period for me and I’m thankful for that.”
With our sixth win in a row at home, and scoring more than three goals in eaxch of them should give us great confidence for Thursday, so this in fact was the ideal preparation.
There were still many empty seats yesterday though but on Thursday we need every single one of our Twelth Men to fill the ground and make the atmosphere intimidating for the Atletico players. We need to beat them out of sight so we don’t need about worrying about our visit to Spain…