After last nights win over Udinese, I feel very happy and proud this morning to be a Gooner! The pressure was on Arsenal last night, with all the off-field chaos at our club with players leaving we faced a must win game against Udinese to qualify for the Champions League. Our task was made even harder when we went a goal down but we pulled it back and that just shows that we are still a team capable of winning.
The turning point in the game for me was when Wojciech Szczesny saved the penalty. If that penalty had gone in, Udinese may have gotten their tails up and gone on to score another. But that miss seemed to deflate them and we went on to play well and score the winner thanks to Theo.
Winning 2-1 away from home in a must win game must give all the fans and players a massive lift. Now hopefully we can build from this and go into the game on Sunday against Manchester United with confidence.
After the game, Wenger had this to say, “I feel, of course, it will because we have been a little bit under pressure. For us not to play in the Champions League and with the players who have left, that pressure would have increased, understandably. Since the beginning of the season I feel a very strong, determined attitude within the team. We did not win at Newcastle but we played with 10 men. We did lose at Liverpool with 10 men but I am convinced that we would not have lost against Liverpool with 11. Overall, there is a strong attitude and spirit inside the team.? ?
“It was important today because we were under pressure so it was important to keep calm, composed and not do anything stupid.”