Bacary Sagna admits that Arsenal went through a phase of playing badly but believes the squad have begun to fight for each other again after the FA Cup semi-final victory over Wigan.
Reflecting on a three week spell that saw the Gunners endure drubbings at the hands of Chelsea and Everton and draws with Manchester City and Swansea, the French international stressed that the squad weren’t delivering on the standards set over the previous 12 months.
Speaking to Arsenal Player ahead of Monday’s game with Newcastle United, the 31-year-old spoke of finishing the season strongly:
“I hope the best is still to come because we still have games to play. It was good to stick together because we were playing quite badly and dropped many points.
“But it was about time to wake up and that’s what we did recently in our games. We’re fighting a bit a more and we’re helping each other a bit more as well.
“We had to react because we were beaten too many times and didn’t fight to win those games. We showed a different image from what we’ve done in the past year and it was not Arsenal.
“Now we’re fighting back and we will take it step by step. With Wigan we managed to show some character – it was good to come back to win the semi-final and I think it’s going to give some power to the team to the end.”
If only it weren’t for the slip-ups. The individual mistakes. The cataclysmic cock-ups. The bending over and getting shafted by opponents. Oh, and the injuries. We might actually have won the league this year.
Still, the FA Cup is nothing to be sniffed at and obviously the importance of securing Champions League status has been well documented. It’s time to stand up and deliver on those. At least.