Wojciech Szczesny insists Arsenal’s players trust Arsene Wenger, despite the Frenchman receiving constant criticism from the media and huge frustration growing amongst the fans.
Szczesny’s spot-kick save sparked the Gunners to finish the job on Wednesday night, after two average Premier League performances and a lackluster outing at the Emirates in the first leg. The Gunners have now lost both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to rival clubs, and plagued by a raft of injuries and suspensions, pilling more pressure on Wenger
“I think the only people who actually believed in the team was the team itself,” Szczesny said. “Inside the team, we don’t do that at all. We know how good we are and how good our manager is. We believe in what he is doing so I believe we answered a lot of questions.”
It might have been a different story if not for Szczesny’s second-half penalty save from Antonio Di Natale, the goalkeeper revealed he verbally put off Di Natale as he prepared to take the spot-kick.
“I gave him a little bit of stick and was probably not very nice to him but it worked so I am delighted,” Szczesny said. “I told him he wasn’t good enough, I was too good for him and he wasn’t going to score – but in a nice way.
“I got in his head in the head in the end because he missed the penalty.”
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Arsenal’s 2-1 win was the ideal pick-me-up ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at Manchester United, which is already looking like a must-not-lose clash.
“The last couple of games, we had disappointing results but, as I said, there was never a doubt in our heads that we are a very good side,” Szczesny said. “So we are going to keep going, put in a good performance at Old Trafford on Sunday and see how it goes from there.
“The team believes we are capable of playing very well and winning games.”
It’s very positive to see that the players are backing Wenger despite Nasri claiming that a lack of transfers and ambition were his reasons for not extending his contract. Apparently Wenger is looking for reinforcements although I doubt any will arrive before the weekend. In the meanwhile another fine performance from Szczesny may well see the Gunners see off an upset at Old Trafford this weekend.