This time last year we knew we had no chance of winning the League, and most Arsenal fans thought that the Gunners would fall apart this season once we came up against the Big Guns in the title race, but we were all pleasantly surprised when Wenger’s side totally demolished Man United last weekend to show that we are no longer pushovers for our closest rivals.
Per Mertesacker believes this is a turning point for our confidence, and also to prove to the fans that this could be our year. “We always want to give the fans special moments,” he told Arsenal.com. “A special performance was absolutely required after what happened against Olympiacos.
“[We were told to] do what we are best at and to go at full intensity, especially at home. Have no regrets and to focus on our job which is to have good possession in the final third, and play with tempo and speed.
“It worked completely because we gave everything from the start without any hesitation and that is what makes people happy, seeing us play in that way.
“We need to focus on ourselves and manage to do that in the first 20 minutes like we did against Manchester United and defend the way did together as a unit. You could see all the doubts that came after the game against Olympiacos go if we remind ourselves that we are really good.
“We need to have a certain consistency [in the league] otherwise it is going to be difficult. But, if you get wins against the good teams then it will breed confidence for the whole team and we look forward to the next few Premier League games now.”
No matter our results (with our reserves) in the Champions League, we are in awesome form in the Premier League, and you can’t get better than the destruction of Man United when they were finished after 20 minutes. Let’s take that confidence into every single game from now on and we will have no problem taking this League title by storm! Wenger said in the summer that we didn’t need any new arrivals to disrupt the current squad, and I’m beginning to think he may be right….
Onwards and Upwards!