Tomas Rosicky says added emphasis on tactics has given Arsenal a newfound edge in games against their top four rivals this season.
The Gunners head-to-head record against fellow Champions League clubs had been utterly appalling until our 2-0 win at Manchester City in January; a result that has been followed up with further victories against United in the FA Cup and last week’s battering of Liverpool.
With games against Chelsea and Manchester United still left in the run-in, Rosicky underlined that he hopes Arsene Wenger’s men can continue their rich vein of form.
“It’s nice to see that we won [against Liverpool] in a convincing manner,” the veteran told Arsenal Player.
“We know we can beat the big teams so that was nothing new – we wanted to win and the performance was good as well.
“We changed some stuff slightly in our preparation for these games. We’re doing a little more tactical work and we changed some stuff against the big teams.
“I don’t want to go into the details but there were some adjustments and it’s paid off for us. Recently we’ve been successful against the big teams but we still have to play Chelsea and Manchester United, so we would like to carry on like that.
“You can see the confidence is coming out of the players after a good run like we are on at the moment. You can see it on the pitch when you watch us play. We are not finished with this run, we will continue it so we have to continue working and working hard every day in training.”
Rosicky’s positivity is reflected in similar interviews with Mathieu Flamini and Nacho Monreal, both of whom touch on the buoyant atmosphere at London Colney.
“The team have been working very well and the understanding between us is also improving a lot,” the Frenchman told Arsenal Player.
“Also the fact that everyone is available is very important for the manager and for the team because when we are all available the quality of the team is even better.
“We have a lot of confidence because doing so well until now is a very good point for the confidence of the team. It’s important to not put any limit [on our progress].
“We will play the semi-final of the FA Cup and the objective is very simple – to win it and to continue to do well in the Premier League.”
Monreal added: “The dynamic around the place is very positive and we have been able to beat teams both at the top and bottom of the table. We are picking up points and playing well. That’s the general dynamic around the place at the moment – one of positivity.
“We had quite a difficult start to the season and those points we lost earlier in the season are proving to be a bit of a problem for us now. We are going through a very good spell now and the team is doing very well.
“We are bursting with confidence, playing very well and I think that is the vein in which we need to continue.
All of which sets us up for an almighty fall against Burnley tomorrow evening…