The readers and writers on JustArsenal are often accused of being pessimistic, especially after a defeat, and there was little wonder that everyone was feeling deflated when Arsenal lost the Europa League tie at Rennes last week. But the Gunners bounced back by winning the crucial match with Man United and suddenly everyone is confident again.
But maybe not as confident as the Gunners legend Robert Pires, who now runs our U23 side who seems to passionately believe that our home form will take us all the way to the Europa League trophy. “I’m confident and positive, like the players. All of the players and Unai Emery know that they played bad against Rennes, but this is football,” Pires told Marca.
“Maybe it’s because Rennes played well. The atmosphere was very good, the fans added pressure and unfortunately Sokratis was sent off, but we have a second chance at home at the Emirates.
“It’s strange, but maybe after the Manchester United win I have a good feeling. Anything is possible because when Arsenal play at home they can beat any team.”
“I think he [Emery] is doing well because they’re in the top four and I think they can qualify for next season’s Champions League,”
“I think, and I hope, that he can win the Europa League, as he won it three times with Sevilla. So he has a lot of experience and knows there is good quality and a good squad.
“I think he has built a good team and they are now ready to fight for the end of the season.”
So Pires sounds like he has full belief in the side after that performance against United. We just have that little matter of our away form to sort out and we are done!