Arsene Wenger has praised his sides defensive resilience and believes his backline has been vital to the Gunners revival.
Arsenal have conceded only three goals in seven games which coincided with the defensive shakeup that saw captain Vermaelen and number one Szczesny dropped. The new found strength at the back has been instrumental in their resurgence up the table, where they now sit third.
The Gunners host newly crowned Champions Manchester United this weekend and they will need to recreate some of their recent defensive strength to overcome Van Persie and co.
The Frenchman told Arsenal Player:
That’s where we’ve improved the most. It’s very important for the confidence of the team that we have such a [defensive] stability.
As I said many times, we are an offensive team, but you are only a good offensive team if you have a good defensive stability. In the last two months that was much better.
Wenger has had to make some difficult decisions recently such as dropping the captain and number one, however the move has worked heavily in his favour and now Arsenal are in the driving seat for a top four finish.
The defence has been strong and injects confidence in the team and the fans now. Mertesacker’s height, composure and experience has been vital and completes a perfect combination alongside Koscielny. The fact that Arsenal have failed to concede last minute goals despite being under immense pressure is testament to the resilience that has developed. Now they face their toughest task – Manchester United.
Common you Gunners!