Granit Xhaka says Arsenal showed togetherness and spirit as they overcame AC Milan 2-0 in the San Siro.
First half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey, both assisted by Mesut Ozil, see the Gunners in a strong position to qualify for the next round of the Europa League when the two sides meet again next week at the Emirates.
After four defeats on the bounce, the performance and result came as a relief to all involved.
“At the start it was a little bit difficult for us, but after that we made it our game and we scored,” Xhaka told Arsenal.com. “I think 2-0 here in Milan is a good result for the first leg.”
He added: “A lot of people spoke about us from the outside, but nobody knows what is inside in the team. We showed togetherness today, we showed spirit and a lot of character.
“I think 2-0 here is a good result for the first leg and now we want to finish the second leg and to win as well again at home.
“Everyone knows that we lost the last four games and that was difficult for us. But as I said before, we showed togetherness today. It was important to be together and to show the people on the outside that we are a team. We showed a good game today.”
Let’s hope we can ‘show’ a good game on Sunday too when Troy Deeney’s Watford come to the Emirates. Another morale-boosting win would certainly be welcomed.