Thomas Vermaelen is pleased with Arsenal’s start to the season but insists that despite confidence being high his team needs to maintain its focus ahead of tricky games both at home and abroad.
Unbeaten after four games, and with two impressive victories under their belt, Arsene Wenger’s squad are starting to play with a fluidity which bodes well for the rest of the season.
“The team has a strong bond in the dressing room and outside as well,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player.
“It feels good; especially the guys who came in look confident. Everybody plays with a lot of confidence and that is good.”
Of course, with tomorrow night’s Champions League showdown against Montpellier swiftly followed by Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League the captain recognises that tougher encounters are on the horizon.
“We have to stay focused because there are a few hard games coming up,” he continued.
“We have to play away at Montpellier on Tuesday and then we have Manchester City so it is not going to be easy. It is good for confidence, we are happy today but Tuesday is another game.
“The Champions League is always different so that will be a test as well, especially away from home. Manchester City are the champions from last year so it won’t be easy. We have to go there and play our own game – I am confident we can get a result there.
Kieran Gibbs has echoed the captain’s optimism ahead of the trip to France. The left-back, who assisted two own goals in a swashbuckling performance at the weekend, claims that after a month together the team’s attacking combinations are starting to gel – as evidenced by the six goals against the Saints.
“People say it was a slow start but I think all we were lacking was a bit of quality in the final third,” the left back told Arsenal.com.
“We had a bit of getting to know each other as a team with the new signings, and we look like a new team now.
“That is obviously why it took us a while to get going. But I think of the four games we have played so far we have dominated all of them and we want to continue doing that. As long as we play the way we want to play, the results should come.”