We have often been criticised for our performances against the top teams, but that is something we have remedied somewhat this season.
Veteran Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky claims this is down in large part to a slight change in our tactics, and believes we are now far better equipped to deal with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United.
The Czech international has been a periphery figure this campaign, which is surprising considering the impact he had last season. He is still getting fully behind the team however, and has been thrilled by our ability to beat the big teams.
He has admitted that something needed to change tactically from last season, but insists that we are in better shape this year. He didn’t go into details, but stressed that the “adjustments” are paying off.
“It’s nice to see that we won [against Liverpool] in a convincing manner,” he told Arsenal Player.
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“We know we can beat the big teams so that was nothing new – we wanted to win and the performance was good as well.
“We changed some stuff slightly in our preparation for these games. We’re doing a little more tactical work and we changed some stuff against the big teams.
“I don’t want to go into the details but there were some adjustments and it’s paid off for us. Recently we’ve been successful against the big teams but we still have to play Chelsea and Manchester United, so we would like to carry on like that.
“You can see the confidence is coming out of the players after a good run like we are on at the moment. You can see it on the pitch when you watch us play. We are not finished with this run, we will continue it so we have to continue working and working hard every day in training.”
The 34-year-old could potentially be on his way out of the club this summer, as he is unlikely to be content with his place on the bench. He still boasts plenty of quality, and will no doubt want to be playing regular first team football as he heads into the twilight of his career.
We currently have a huge amount of quality in midfield, and Rosicky is unlikely to see his fortunes at the Emirates change. It would be a shame to see him leave, but you wouldn’t begrudge him the chance to play football.