Buoyed by Arsenal’s battling draw against Manchester City, Wojciech Szczesny says the Gunners are now aiming for victory in all their remaining games as they look to consolidate a Champions League finish and win the FA Cup.
After a traumatic week during which he and his teammates all but surrendered their chances of winning the title, the Pole admitted that they owed the supporters a performance against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“We owe it to the manager, the fans and everyone at the club,” he told Arsenal Player. “Ourselves as well because you want to do yourselves proud as well. We lost 6-0 [against Chelsea] and that’s embarrassing for players who represent this club.
“We’ve not had a great time in the last couple of games but it’s all about responding well and that’s what we did. Of course it was difficult times but we knew if we stuck together and carried on working properly then a result would come.
“Hopefully, from now we can start getting wins. We didn’t get a win but it was a half-positive result and now we can kick on from that.
“We’ve still got a lot to play for. The FA Cup, we’re in a decent position – not as good a position as we’d like – in the league but we’ve got it all to play for so we’ll be on our toes and at our very best to go on and win all the games.
“You have seen this season that we can step up. We’ve been very unlucky with injuries. I think if you look at the players that have been out, it’s probably five or six players who are guaranteed in the starting line-up. We’ve been really unlucky.”
While out fitness problems have obviously played a part in the way we’ve run out of steam, there’s simply no time for self-pity at this stage. Fifth placed Everton have closed the gap on us to four points and while our destiny is still in our hands it won’t be if we lose at Goodison Park on Sunday.