Wojciech Szczesny admits he was disappointed to leave the Hawthorns with a solitary point yesterday but is happy that Arsenal again straddle the top of the table heading into the international break.
The Gunners 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion ended the club’s 12-game winning streak away from home and six-game run of consecutive Premier League victories, but despite the setback the Polish keeper is confident he and his teammates can rebuild their momentum when Norwich visit the Emirates on 19 October.
“It’s time for us to start a new run,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player.
“Hopefully we can win the next game and the few more after that, and create the momentum again. We’re still top of the league so the momentum is still with us. We won’t lose our confidence.
“We said to ourselves before the game that we want to go into the break top of the league. Obviously we would have preferred to have done it with a win but we got a point which was enough to keep us on top.”
“I suppose when we come down a little bit we’ll be happy with that point, I was disappointed after the game because we felt confident, we had the momentum. It was a tough game so we’ll probably take it. But I’m still disappointed.”
You suspect part of Szczesny’s frustration stems from the fact he put in another decent shift without sealing a clean sheet.
As @Orbinho tweeted this morning, for all the praise earned by the defence so far, the solitary clean sheet kept after seven games is our joint-worst shut out record of the Premier League era. Indeed, as things stand ten teams all the way down to Stoke in 16th position have conceded either the same (eight goals) or fewer since the start of the season.
While the Premier League is a very different beast to that in which the famous back four/five operated in back in 1992 it’s fair to say that we’re going to have to tighten up the defence a bit if we’re going to seriously challenge for the title. It’s food for thought as the interlull kicks in and reason enough to stay grounded despite swelling expectations.5,850 views