Arsene Wenger has praised the current team spirit in this Arsenal team, saying that his side is relentless in fighting until the end of matches. Wenger was referring to last Sunday’s match against Burnley where the Gunners fought back from a late equaliser to win all three points with ten men (via Arsenal.com).
Arsenal fans must’ve been feeling more than a little relieved when the full time whistle blew on Sunday. From controlling the match to throwing it away to that late Alexis Sanchez penalty which sealed all three points, the game against Burnley had it all.
It’s not the first time the Gunners have fought back to win points this season. There was the previous match against Burnley as well as the fixtures against Sunderland, Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth, amongst many others. Now Arsene Wenger has spoken about what this tells us about this Arsenal team.
“Yes, this team has shown qualities that are hugely important,” Wenger said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the FA Cup tie against Southampton. “We have produced more goals than anyone else in the last 10 minutes.
“We are relentless, we refuse to give in, we keep going and that’s a very interesting mental quality in the squad.
“The contribution of the players coming off the bench this season has been remarkable which shows a great unity in the team. These qualities will be hugely important in the coming months.”
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Arsenal have won many points from losing positions or after conceding an equalising goal. It’s testament to the mental strength of this squad that it keeps happening. Wenger is right to praise the contribution of players from the bench too. Olivier Giroud particularly has impressed in that respect.
As good as it is to see Arsenal coming back from behind to win, many Arsenal fans would prefer them to just lead from the off. As Olivier Giroud said yesterday, the Gunners players have to do a better job of starting matches if they are to be successful in the coming months.