Unai Emery says the fact that Arsenal are competing for a place in the top four is evidence that his team has a strong mentality, but admits that Arsenal can still improve away from home.
The Gunners face Watford tonight in a game which could put a real dent in our chances of Champions League qualification via the Premier League, or put us up into fourth with renewed vigour for our remaining domestic games this season.
It comes on the back of a positive 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League, but with the memories of our defeat at Goodison Park still fresh in the mind.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Arsenal boss played down suggestions that his team was weak mentally, saying, “We are playing to be in the top four. We are showing we are competitive with a good mentality.
“It’s a process but this team has a good mentality. We are improving, the table is giving us this answer.
“You can say two things. There is an amazing response at home, amazing. Big matches and big results, really, really awesome.
“Away we are sometimes doing good matches but in other moments the opposition is being more competitive than us. We were improving our away points and performances from last year. We were being very competitive with different players and systems at home.
“Away we are not consistent in each single match to take the three points with a big performance.”
Emery is expecting a tough test at Vicarage Road this evening, calling on his team to be strong defensively, but to try and replicate the home form which has been so good throughout the season.
The Spaniard will welcome Granit Xhaka back into the squad after a groin strain, Lucas Torreira is available for selection in the Premier League again, although Sokratis will sit out this game – and the Palace game on Sunday – after picking up his 10th booking of the season in the game against Everton.