There were very few pundits who predicted that Arsenal would bounce back from our 3-1 defeat in Rennes to stop Man United’s unbeaten run, and then claw back a the deficit against Rennes in such emphatic style, but the Gunners did both in style, and Emery was very impressed with the way his players handled the pressure over the two games. He said: “It’s giving us very big confidence on Sunday against Manchester United and the same with this performance and this victory. This comeback was very difficult but I think our reaction was a very good reaction from every player.
“Playing under pressure is good. Growing up under pressure, every player, like a team. And to feel difficult moments to give us our best performances in these moments. For us, today and Sunday, we were playing and being competitive. I think it’s good confidence for us to feel that. After, if I am very demanding of myself, I want to take the best confidence with the ball, with the control with the ball with the possession, because I think against Manchester United and today, we lost a little bit these moments with the ball to give us the confidence with the ball and to control the match with the ball.”
It is good that Emery wants every game to be perfect, but at least the players took the right mentality into both games and had the belief in themselves and their team-mates. Now we just need to see them take that winning mentality into away games and if we can do that we could be in for a great ending to Emery’s first campaign at Arsenal…