It would be fair to say that Arsenal’s last four results have gone some way to restoring confidence to the team, and to the fans.
Impressive spankings of Sp*rs and Milan, an away win at Anfield (Liverpool’s only home league defeat of the season), and the late great Vermaelen winner against Newcastle have helped ease the pain of the two cup defeats against Milan and Sunderland.
But you don’t have to go back too far to see far too many Ls mixed in with the recent Ws, and captain Robin van Persie believes his team still has much to prove.
“After the two defeats to Milan and Sunderland, everyone was like ‘this is going to be a tough couple of weeks’ because we had games against Spurs, Liverpool, Milan and an international week and then Newcastle,” he said. “Yet we won every game, so we showed lots of character. We can be proud of that.
“Now we need to show that over a period of a whole year. That is very hard and only the best of the best teams have that in them. Look at Barcelona for example. They have a special team there, they are playing most games – 9 out of 10 – really well and working hard. We need to have a run like that for months and even win the ugly games.”
It’s encouraging to hear that nobody is resting on laurels after some high profile, high excitement victories, and that there’s an awareness the hard work that brought them about needs to continue. The skipper is confident they have the quality to do it too.
“We showed signs that we can do it because against Liverpool we didn’t play well but still nicked it. Sometimes it is necessary to win those games. We came from behind in the past four games and ended up winning the game.
“That shows we can do it, not only once or twice or three times, but lots of times. So why not show it 20 times or whenever it is needed?”