What a result for Arsenal! Not only did we stop Man United’s unbeaten run yesterday, we also saw Chelsea only just get a last minute point and the Spuds dropped another three at Southampton. One of the best weekends of the season so far! Tottenham seem to be in freefall, Chelsea are very inconsistent and hopefully our win yesterday will have dented Man United’s confidence. Now all we have to do is win the rest of our games!
Unai Emery loved yesterday’s result, but still says we can improve, but above all he wants us to remain consistent. He told Arsenal.com: “I don’t know if it’s the best performance this season. I think we’re improving and also I think we’re being competitive in different matches, away from home and against different teams. We responded and sometimes you’ve seen different systems and different players, but above all we can feel today very proud of every player. Above all I want to say thank you to our supporters because they helped us a lot and we can create a big atmosphere like today for the next matches and for Thursday. I think it’s very important. The players did very well with a very big spirit and big commitment for the work we’ve done.
“We were positive when we were struggling in the table and we took balance in our mind when we were worse – and now after these victories we can be positive, but it won’t change our idea. We need to continue and it will be difficult, and our style and way and thinking will be game by game. We’re in two competitions now, the Premier League and also the Europa League. We are going to play the next match here against Newcastle in three weeks and that’s a lot. Our focus now is Thursday.
“We are happy today, we are going to analyse the match and also in the table we are better, but Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are with us. We are going to play some difficult matches and being consistent is very important. At the moment I think we are playing consistent in each match and today we showed everybody that. We were calm, showed passion and continued improving. We know that for example on Thursday one match can change a lot with one red card or goal, so controlling our emotions is very important. We need to keep this consistency in our mind.”
“Yes, keeping clean sheets is very important. And also it’s very important to use different systems and different players so we can take the same performance and same victory. Not always a victory like against Tottenham last week, but with the good feeling and good combinations with the players on the pitch over 90 minutes. We are improving and we are feeling better with big confidence, but we need each match to push and work for continuing to feel this confidence with victories.”
This certainly gives us massive confidence for Thursday night, especially with our home form. If we can beat United 2-0 surely we can do the same to Rennes? Then we could go into the international break on a massive high, but the big thing for us to start showing this brilliant form away from home as well.
Ca we do it? Yes we can!!!!!