Arsene Wenger believes his side have turned a corner after a disappointing run of games that saw the Gunners slip out of the title race.
Arsenal saw off Hull City 3-0 at the KC Stadium on Sunday thanks to an Aaron Ramsey finish and two quality Lukas Podolski strikes. They looked far more energetic and fresh than in recent months, producing the type of performance we came to enjoy earlier in the campaign.
They are still thick in the top four race and have hit their stride again after two consecutive wins, something Wenger puts down to a renewed mental freshness.
The Gunners boss told Arsenal Player:
The first half was very physical, we had to deal with a lot of crosses. Our defenders had a great game, they kept us in the game and we were clinical every time we went into their half.
We looked like scoring goals. In the second half when we scored the third goal, it became easier and we controlled the game well. It was a great performance.
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I felt so [that the team was fresh], it was more mental. The disappointing result we had at Everton had a big bearing and you could see that in the Wigan game. Once we got through that, against West Ham you could see a different team, today you could see a different team.
One of the main ingredients for their renewed form is the return of Aaron Ramsey who upped the tempo in the Gunners engine room. The Welshman has been sorely missed since his injury on Boxing Day, but helped give Arsenal’s attack more legs on Sunday.
Wenger said on his star midfielder’s return:
It is important because we looked in a few games a bit toothless away from home. To have that back is of course a threat for our opponent and it gives us opportunities to score goals.
Arsenal can hopefully build upon their promising performance against the Tiger especially with the remaining fixtures fairly spread out over the next few weeks. Arsene Wenger’s squad clearly could not cope with the demands of three games a week with a high number of injuries decimating the squad.
Now that we are boosted with the return of Ramsey and Ozil, we should have the legs and momentum to push on and gain three wins before the FA Cup final.