Tomas Rosicky believes Arsene Wenger’s squad have to win back the Emirates crowd quickly after confirming that vocal terrace disillusionment is taking its toll on the confidence of Arsenal’s younger players.
Harking back to the positive fan vibes which accompanied victories over Milan and Spurs last term, the Czech, who scored against Olympiakos to cap a decent first start of the season, also insisted that the squad must stick together during this difficult period.
“I can understand the frustrations, I am an Arsenal fan as well when I am not playing,” Rosicky told the Independent in Athens last night.
“It is understandable but we have some young guys and this is not helping. We have to all stick together, which is what we did last season when everyone was writing us off.
“The performances we produced against Tottenham and AC Milan [in last season’s Champions League], you could feel the great atmosphere at the Emirates. Without doubt that was the best atmosphere I have ever played in.
“We have to win the people again, that is the challenge. It will be difficult but we are capable of doing it again. If we are all on board, Arsenal is a great place to play football.”
Francis Coquelin, himself one of the younger members of the squad, also eyed this weekend’s fixture with West Brom as the perfect moment to get back on track.
“We have to concentrate on the next game,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We have a really important match against West Brom and we want to get the three points. We had a few bad results recently, so we need the three points at the weekend.”