Friday, 8 November 2013

Rosicky loves our resilience -Ramsey confident -Mexican striker and Brazilian defender scouted

Morning Gooners.

Nearly 36-hours on following our victory in Germany, I've yet to lose the smile which Wednesday night's result brought to my face. I'm impatient for Sunday's match in Manchester to come round quickly but I know that all good things come to those who wait - that's right isn't it?

I think the thing which most impressed me was the resilience this Arsenal team has. We're not as brittle as we might have once been. This team doesn't go into a sulk when things don't go our way. They learn from their mistakes and ensure they don't happen again.

Clearly having games every three to four days doesn't allow for much if any tactical work to go on on the London Colney training pitches. So it's been down to team meetings where the manager and his coaching staff have had to get their message across.

The other reason we don't appear to be as fragile as we once were is the maturity in our dressing room. The likes of Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky are a real influence on the players around them.

And with the signing of Mesut Ozil, there is certainly a buzz around the place.

Our Czech international pinpointed the resilience factor when speaking to the media after the Dortmund game.

He said:
"You can see maybe that we add this resilience.  
"We played very well defensively and they couldn't go through us. In the past, we didn't have this aspect of the game.  
"Resilience could be the difference, what we were lacking in the previous years."

And as Arsene Wenger prepares to put his players through the penultimate training session before the players head to Manchester tomorrow, it is his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who is talking about attempting to end our week which started with a 2-0 home victory against Liverpool by beating the Champions on Sunday.

Szczesny said:
"We are looking forward to Sunday now and we will be trying to make it a perfect week for us.  
"We have got two clean sheets and two results against quality opposition, one away from home at one of the toughest venues in Europe. 
"It would be amazing to get nine points from these three games, when probably not a lot of people expected us to do. 
"There is not a better time for us to go to Old Trafford. We are very confident and enjoying our football, so we are looking forward to it."
While defender Kieran Gibbs added:
"It was a massive victory and it was important, especially after the first game, because we wanted to prove something and we've done that. 
"We certainly didn't do it in style but the way we won the game shows that we've got a certain character in the team now."
I don't think I've sensed a better atmosphere in the squad than there is at the moment in quite a while. There seems to be a great bond between the players and a huge amount of belief that they can achieve something together this season.

In the past we've headed for the north west and to Old Trafford without the same confidence. This season it's there and after our previous two results we know we're the form team going into the game. It's ours for the taking.

And in Aaron Ramsey we have one of the best midfielders in the league, who doesn't seem to be able to keep himself off the scoresheet. The Welshman who turned down a move from Manchester United to join Arsenal when he left Cardiff believes we've got every chance of securing three points.

He said:
"It’s going to be another massive game. This was always going to be a big week for us. We couldn’t have got off to a better start. Hopefully we can go to Old Trafford and finish the job off. 
"That (winning) would be massive. We’re feeling really confident at the moment. We’re on good form in the league as well, so why not go there and win? 
"There’s no fear of going there, absolutely not. They’ve had a bit of a rough start. They’ve had a few good results, they’re getting their confidence back up but we’re really confident ourselves. Our away record has been really good so hopefully we can continue building on that."
Arsene Wenger will speak to the media today ahead of the game. We'll learn who if any of our injured players could be involved. Hopefully Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere and Serge Gnarby will be able to return to play some part in the game. Theo Walcott is less likely to be fit to take part in the game, but he might have a slight chance.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail report our scouts are watching Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Monaco right-back Fabinho.

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