The man of the moment Tomas Rosicky believes a solid run of wins at Emirates Stadium can steer the Gunners toward Champions League qualification.
Arsenal entered the top four momentarily over the weekend thanks to Rosicky’s brilliance and now sit just behind Spurs after their late 2-2 draw with Everton and Chelsea’s narrow 2-1 victory over Sunderland.
Arsene Wenger’s side now have a chance to slip past their two London rivals with back to back home fixtures against Norwich and the Toffees coming up before the other two play again.
Rosicky believes they can continue their hot form that has seen a much improved Gunners collect 22 points from a possible 27, but feels they must improve their average home form ahead of their vital few remaining fixtures.
The Czech international told Arsenal’s official website:
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During the last couple of games we have produced some good football. It gives you confidence when you win in Munich and at a place like West Brom when in the last 20 minutes your backs are against the wall.
But if you are speaking about third or fourth place you have to win your home games. Our form there must improve.
If you go back and analyse well the game against Tottenham that was not a bad performance. We made two stupid mistakes and we were punished for them. We tried to correct them and you could see the improvement in Munich.
We are in a position where we just focus on ourselves now. It is tricky to think all the time ‘where are Tottenham and Chelsea playing?’ We just concentrate on ourselves and what we are producing.
We have the experience [of coming from behind] last year. The team knows the situation that could be [to] our advantage. But as well we know we have to be more consistent.
And if we produce football every week like we did on Saturday then I am confident we will get there.
The 32-year-old again demonstrated his pure excellence with a valiant goalscoring display against West Brom on Saturday and his manager has praised the qualities he adds to the side.
The Czech international struggled to gain minutes after returning from his mandatory season injury but Wenger has put this down to Wilshere and Cazorla’s form rather than a loss of confidence in the attacking midfielder who favours a central role.
After Wilshere’s setback we here at allarsenal.com pleaded for Wenger to finally use the experienced campaigner again. Our prayers were answered and rightly so, he is pure class and very underrated.
Wenger expressed his pleasure at Rosicky’s man-of-the-match performance after the match:
He’s had problems with injuries and then there was a problem with competition for places as well because you have Wilshere, you have Cazorla.
He’s such an important player who turns the game forward, brings movement into the game, makes a game look simple and you feel when he has the ball that something can always happen. Not many players have that in their locker.
Before he played too far away from the box. I always played him wide but I put him in a position where he is more central now. He’s more dangerous to score.
I said to him ‘today is a really special game for you because you scored two’. The most important thing is he scores them when you need them and we needed them today.