Following Arsenal’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Marseille last night, both Carl Jenkinson and Wojciech Szczesny spoke about the defensive side of the team’s display.
Despite only scoring one goal against the French side over the two legs, the Gunners kept two clean sheets, neither of which was a surprise to Szczesny. The Polish stopper said, “I’d like to have won 1-0, but if you had told me before the two games against Marseille that we were going to get four points and not concede, I’d have taken it, so I’m pleased with the result.
“We kept a clean sheet, which is all you can ask of a back four. They did well today but I’ve been training with them for a long time and I see the qualities. We looked really solid today; the spirit is really positive in the team.”
While the former Charlton youngster said, “Defensively we were solid and although they did break a few times they didn’t really have many clear-cut opportunities. So defensively it was a good display by us and I think we’ll build on that now.
“I think you’ve got to take the positives. Obviously, Marseille are a good side and we haven’t lost – 0-0 is not a bad result. So, in my eyes, the glass is half full. At the end of the day, we’ve kept our unbeaten run going.”
And Szczesny was also quick to praise the spirit in the Arsenal camp. “We’re very confident going into every single game. There were some tired legs but you expect that. It’s hard to play a big game every three days. And at the moment, every game for us is massive.
“It’s always tough in the Champions League because you get to play against top, top opponents, but I’m confident we can get the results and qualify for the next stage.”