Alex Oxlade Chamberlain says that Arsenal haven’t hit top form yet despite winning three games in a row in all competitions. Arsenal won back to back premier league games for the first time this season when the Gunners defeated Burnley 3-0 and Sunderland 2-0 the week before.
The Ox revealed that the Anderlecht game was a turning point in the season and admitted that defeat in Belgium would have left Arsene Wenger’s team in a precarious position. Arsenal were trailing to the Belgian side by a single goal with minutes to go until Arsenal found their inner resolve to turn the game around.
Arsenal welcome Anderlecht to the Emirates tomorrow and a win against the Belgians would all but ensure Arsenal’s progress to the Round of 16.
The Ox told Arsenal.com:
If we hadn’t have got that result it definitely would have left us with a lot to do and a tricky few games coming up.
It was a really important game for us and that result was really crucial because, without a win there or at minimum a draw, we would have been left right in it with a tough uphill climb.
Winning that match does leave us in a more favourable position for the last few games coming up. Galatasaray and Anderlecht will be looking to get as many wins as they can so they won’t make it easy for us at all. That game away against Galatasaray won’t be easy either.
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The main thing for us is to focus on the next one against Anderlecht, so we need to make sure we go into that game and focus. We don’t think we’re out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s true that we haven’t yet hit our stride but our performances have been much better. Arsenal’s game is based on understanding and chemistry and given our injuries and integration of new players in the side it’s no surprise that Arsenal had such a poor start. However with the festive fixtures coming up anything is possible and Arsenal have enough games to cut the deficit.