Santi Cazorla, singing from the same hymn sheet as the manager, believes that Arsenal can use Wednesday’s gritty victory in Munich as a platform for the rest of the season.
Out of Europe and the domestic cup competitions the Gunners have only the hounding down of Spurs and Chelsea to keep them occupied in the coming months as they look to seal Champions League qualification in the final ten games of the season.
“The positive we take out of the game is that we gave a good account of ourselves against one of the favourites for the Champions League, winning at their stadium,” the Spaniard told Arsenal Player after the victory in Germany.
“The team can gain momentum from this. We have to use this game as an example for the future and try to play as well as we did against Bayern.”
With Arsenal set to face Michael Laudrup’s Capital One Cup winning Swansea side for the fourth time this season, Cazorla also made clear that the Gunners need to again be on the guard against his in-form compatriot Michu.
“The Swansea squad in general is strong but, above all, Michu. I know him from when we were very young and he is a player that can make a difference. He’s scored a lot of goals.
“They are a team that will be difficult to play against, they play good football. Michael Laudrup has a philosophy that is great for the supporters to watch. We hope we can get the better of them because, for us, it’s vital to get the points.”
Always one for a piercing pep talk, Olivier Giroud added that with 30 points up for grabs there was no time to dwell on the present.
We have a big squad and we all want to win in Swansea. We need a strong mentality and the legs will run.
“This game [against Swansea] will be really important for us. We need the win and we need to continue our good game against Munich and our good form.
“There are 30 points for us to take still, so we need to trust and believe in ourselves.”