Jack Wilshere expressed his relief for Cazorla’s vital goal and hopes his side can use the result as a platform ahead of next weekends vital clash against rivals and fourth places Spurs.
The Gunners had Santi Cazorla to thank for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa which helped settle some nerves around the dressing room and in the Emirates after Wenger’s side were knocked out of the FA Cup and beaten convincingly by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in the under a week.
Wilshere expressed his delight at the battling victory that has reduced the deficit between themselves and Spurs, and (for once) starting a match strongly.
He told reporters after the win:
We’ve started badly in the past few games but we started well here.
I think we needed that. If we’d gone 1-0 down, it could have been a whole different game.
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We knew we had to start well and Santi got a great goal. We pushed on from there. They caught us on the counter but we showed great character in the end.
When you’re 1-0 up, you’re not comfortable and need that second goal to give you a cushion. We didn’t get it and Villa kept pressing and pressing. They hit us on the counter and got the goal. We had a corner and then they scored so we have to look at that.
We’re on quite a good run in the league. To keep that going, we have to forget about the disappointments we have had in the cup and in midweek and push on in the league now.
We have to keep this run going. We’ve got a big game next weekend. It’s big for us, big for the fans and as a player, those are the games you want to be involved in. We know what we have to do and we have to step up.
With Tottenham/Bale on fire at present the trip to White Hart Lane will be tough. But if they demonstrate the composure in front goal as Cazorla produced this weekend then they should manage to pip their rivals.
It is a must win fixture that could be the difference between Champions League qualification this year – it’s a Cup final.