Bernd Leno has revealed that the Arsenal dressing room discussed having ‘nothing to lose’ at half time of yesterday’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa.
The Gunners twice came from behind before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck decisively with a free-kick six minutes from time.
The win was all the more thrilling given Unai Emery’s men had to play 49 minutes with just 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was given his marching orders for two yellow cards.
Frustrated at falling behind to John McGinn’s cute finish, Leno says he was pleased with the way his teammates fought back.
“I think the win showed a lot of our quality in our mind,” he told Arsenal.com.
“In the dressing room we spoke at half-time that we had nothing to lose. We were already one-nil and with one less player, and we can fight and we can win this game and the team showed a great response.
“At the end we had so many good chances to score and the win was well deserved.”
Leno also labelled Aubameyang’s winner as a knuckle-ball after the Gabon striker deceived Villa keeper Tom Heaton with a set-piece rocket that flew past the wall before he had a chance to move.
“I had the perfect view,” revealed Leno. “From behind I could see the shot, it was a knuckle-ball, I think and it’s very difficult for the goalkeeper because he didn’t see the ball and it was a fantastic goal.
“He’s unbelievable and the goal was also unbelievable. I think he’s very important for us because he scoring almost every week, and getting important goals for us too.”