Kieran Tierney says Arsenal are growing in confidence and belief as their hard work on the training ground comes to fruition in big games.
The Gunners picked up where they left off at the beginning of the month by picking up more silverware at Wembley, this time beating Premier League champions Liverpool on penalties to secure the Community Shield.
Having beaten the Reds in the league at the tail-end of last season and overcome Manchester City and Chelsea on the way to FA Cup success, Mikel Arteta’s squad are on a roll against England’s bigger clubs.
While there’s still much work to do – evidenced by the 45 point gap that separated Arsenal and Liverpool in the league last season – Tierney is pleased that his teammates are showing the required level of belief and effort to compete week in, week out.
“The spirit is one of the main things in the changing room, belief and spirit and we’ve got that, we’re building on it,” he told Arsenal.com. “We’re just looking to continue and keep building this way.
“I think that comes from the manager and the staff. It’s continued from what we’ve done last season and building on it. When we came back in last week we’ve just continued. We’ve never had too long off so last season doesn’t feel too long ago.
“Coming into games like this we’re starting to believe more and more and I think that’s what it’s all about, belief and spirit.
“Mikel’s drilled that into us since day one, defensive organisation and the transition. That’s what we do every day in training, we watch videos on it. It’s not by luck and it’s not by chance. It’s by hard work.
“The fans and the club deserve to be in the Champions League. They deserve to be top four and we want to do as well as we can, as best as we can and put up a fight in every single came we come up against this year.”