Mathieu Flamini has praised his side for coming back and responding strongly when everything seemed to go against them. Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 in what was one of the Gunners’ finest performances this season and in the process have won four of their last five games.
Last weekend the world around Arsenal football club crumbled after the team shipped in three first half goals to Stoke City and despite a fighting second half display Arsene Wenger’s side eventually lost 3-2. That result not only left the Gunners 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, but Wenger was also booed by a section of Arsenal fans at the station.
However Wenger’s men responded in style as they overwhelmed Galatasaray 4 -1 and followed the European exploit with a convincing win over the resurgent Magpies. Flamini believes his side have been massively unlucky with injuries and stressed that the Gunners can achieve something this season.
Flamini told arsenal.com:
It’s the belief of the team that we can really achieve something, and I think you [media] guys agree as well that we have top quality. We have a lot of quality – strong at the back, good in midfield and up front as well – so the only problem is we’re very unlucky with injuries. I definitely believe we have the quality in the team to achieve something big. It’s not easy to go through all these games with so many injuries, but I believe in my team and I believe in their quality.
We knew we had a bad game in Stoke, and had a good reaction when we played away in Istanbul, which was not an easy game, but it was a good performance.[Saturday] was another great game and that was important for everyone. It is never easy after a defeat like that, we went to Stoke and really wanted to play a good game, especially after the game against Southampton.
But sometimes that happens, we just did not have a good game and there can be no excuses. We needed to react straight away after in Istanbul, when you play every three days you can just go into that game to focus and to win it, to forget about the past games
As Mathieu says we have been quite unlucky with the injuries not only this season but ever since man started to walk. There is no respite from the injury curse at all, rumours about Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and his niggling groin injury are doing the rounds while Koscielny is out for an indefinite period. If Chamberlain is unavailable for Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool then Arsene Wenger will have to be really creative to put out a team to face the red half of Merseyside. The Gunners current injury list :
Ozil, Walcott, Koscielny, Ospina, Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Gnabry, Monreal and Rosicky