Having beaten Aston Villa and subsequently manoeuvred within two points of third place in the Premier League, Jack Wilshere believes that Arsenal have everything to play for in the final months of the season.
Gearing up for Sunday’s North London derby at White Hart Lane, the midfielder stressed that not only were he and his teammates ready to take the fight to Spurs but that the Gunners haven’t yet written off their chances against Bayern Munich despite losing the first leg 3-1.
“Our season is definitely not over,” the England international told The Sun.
“We’ve got a big chance against Tottenham. We’ve got another big game at Bayern.
“It will be tough but if we show no fear, anything can happen.”
“We take the pressure. I think the manager takes it as well. He stands up for us the whole time. But we as players have to take the pressure on and relieve the pressure like we did (on Saturday).”
Talking of being up for a fight, Arsene Wenger has lavished further praise on ambidextrous Santi Cazorla after the Spaniard’s tenth and eleventh Premier League strikes sealed the win against Villa.
“He fights until the last second of the game and gives absolutely everything,” the boss is quoted as saying in the Mirror.
“You tell him to play left, yes, central, yes, right, yes.
“He doesn’t say, ‘I can only play in the middle’. He has a fantastic, humble attitude to help the team and he plays where he’s needed, that is fantastic.
“He’s so short and with a low centre of gravity – a bit like Jack. So his change of direction is very good. You don’t know if he is right-footed or left-footed. I don’t really know myself.”
Now level with Theo Walcott as Arsenal’s joint-top scorer in the league Arseblog News can’t help but be impressed by Cazorla’s impact this season. With 26 starts to his name (more than anyone else) he’s obviously one of the first name on the team sheet and while fatigue threatened to blunt his incisiveness he appears to be back with a bang just as we need him. Let’s hope he can bag another couple of goals at the Lane on Sunday.