Unai Emery says Arsenal’s nine-game winning streak is something upon which to build, not dwell, and he’s already looking ahead to the club’s next game against Leicester in 15 days time.
Two goals apiece from Alex Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and an exquisite back-heel by Aaron Ramsey helped the Gunners to a 5-1 win away at Fulham as the Gunners climbed into the Premier League top four for the first time this season.
The travelling Gooners certainly enjoyed what they saw and as the goals flowed in the second half they chanted the Spaniard’s name with vigour. The coach now wants to carry the good vibes back to the Emirates when the players are done with the Interlull.
“I don’t want to look behind,” said Emery when asked about his team’s good run in his post-game press conference.
“I think every match is different, every match is very difficult. Yes, we are on the table, little by little, giving ourselves a better position for our ideas and our objectives.
“But I’m thinking of our match against Leicester, at the Emirates, our home, with our supporters.
“And I want to give them, when we are playing in our stadium, a special feeling with each match and show them we are playing with our quality, playing together with a winning mentality also.
“Above all, with the commitment and with the behaviour like today.”
On the buoyant mood on the terraces – the away support even sang “We’ve got our Arsenal back” – the Spaniard added:
“We need to fit together with the supporters, with the club and the players and this mentality is very important for us and to show them our quality and strong work.
“Then together we can be happy, like today. We need their support, and they support us at every match and away from home.
“Even today, it is in London, but it is away and I think the players on the pitch feel their support every moment of the 90 minutes.”
Game by game Emery’s players appear to be coming to terms with what’s being asked of them. Their confidence on the ball is improving and likewise their understanding of how they position themselves at key moments. That said, there remains plenty of room for improvement.
“When we are winning now, continuing in matches, we need to be in the same way,” he went on.
“I think our mentality: calm, work, enjoy and enjoy working, together as one thing with our supporters like today.
“But improving individually, improving collectively and also finding our best performance in each match and the combinations with the players and the system also. Because, we need to continue improving and we can.”