Arsene Wenger says the way his side have responded to their slump in form is a testament to the ‘very good’ mentality in the team.
After four consecutive defeats, including two painful defeats to Manchester City, Arsenal have won four games on the bounce, kept three clean sheets and scored 11 goals.
While wins against Watford and Stoke City have come too late to aid the Gunners chances of finishing in the Premier League top four, the two victories against AC Milan have at least kept hopes alive of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League.
Speaking ahead of his side’s first-leg quarter-final tie with CSKA Moscow, the boss once again admitted that defeat in the Carabao Cup final took a while to get over.
“We were very disappointed with our result against City and it takes always a bit of time of grieving to recover,” he told media on Wednesday.
“The mentality in the team is very good, very strong and very healthy as well. We recovered.
“Always you judge a team and it’s quality by the way they come out of a crisis. On that front it’s very positive on our side.”
Asked about expectations for the rest of the season, Wenger went on: “There is some extra pressure to do extremely well in this competition, that’s part of being where we are.
“We have to see it as an opportunity that we want to take. We must keep the priorities right, how well we play together, on the quality of our game, on how we want to play football. The consequence will be a positive result.
“We don’t live in dreamland. We are in the quarter-finals and go step by step, we give absolutely everything to go through and then we’ll see.”