It might be early days, but after seven games of the Premier League campaign, Arsenal’s defensive record is unmatched.
For keeper Bernd Leno, it’s a sign that the Gunners are moving in the right direction under Mikel Arteta’s mentorship.
After tonight’s 1-0 win against Manchester United – our first in the league at Old Trafford since 2006 – the German played up the hard work that’s gone on behind the scenes over the last couple of years.
“First of all it was a very important win for us when you look at the table,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It’s been a long time since we won away against a team from the ‘Big Six’, and as well at Old Trafford. It’s been 14 years I think, so too long but finally we’ve done the job.
“It was a very collective, strong performance from us. Our players were brilliant and I think everybody had the right attitude and mentality to win. It was very hard for Man United to create chances.
“At the end of the day, this is the key. The collective performance and defensive work were really important tonight and I think we’ve worked on that. You can already see that it’s much more impressive than it was one or two years ago.”
Having lost three of our last four league games coming into the match, the Germany international was quick to acknowledge that there remains plenty of room for improvement.
“It’s a long, long process and we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “We need consistency. This season we’ve had a lot of good games but also some games where we could have done better. We’ll keep working on that though.
“We’re all doing a great job and the most important thing is that we stay grounded, we know where we come from and hopefully it goes in the same direction.”