Jack Wilshere has hailed Arsenal’s team spirit after what has been a promising start to the campaign, revealing they spend a lot of time together off the field too that has helped them grow as a team.
The Gunners currently occupy the top spot in the Premier League and their Champions League group, a stark contrast to their previous three seasons where they struggled off the mark.
Arsene Wenger has overseen a transitional period that has tested the north London club with a number of new faces coming in over the past few summers, but it appears the first team is gelling well with plenty of team bonding helping to develop the spirit.
Wilshere told Arsenal’s official website:
It [our team spirit] is massive. We’ve been out a few times. We didn’t do it for a couple of years but over the last six months we go out for team dinners and we meet up outside of football, which is good for the team.
Sometimes you just want to get away from football, you want to sit down and talk about life, your family and things like that. We’ve been doing that this season and it’s really showing on the pitch.
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We’ve done really well this season and towards the end of last season; I think the team spirit plays a massive part in that.
The core of the squad now know each other really well from playing together over the last few years. The young crop of English talent that provides the backbone for the squad further illustrates the collective spirit within the camp, while the French, Spanish and German contingent all know one another well from their respective national teams.
Partnerships all around the Arsenal camp are flourishing from a positive environment around the club and time together. Koscielny and Mertesacker are the greatest example, they now understand how one another thinks and have consequently become one of the best centre back pairings in the league. The likes of Wilshere, Ramsey, Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky will only go from strength to strength as they integrate with number 10 Ozil.
You can tell on the pitch that the squad has a very strong sense of togetherness, everyone battling for one another and this will only help to improve the Gunners as a whole. This certainly is an exciting season ahead, they need to keep up the high tempo and return to winning ways against Southampton after the international break. The team will only become stronger as the months go by.