Cedric Soares says Arsenal’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai has helped the squad come closer together and the benefits are being seen on the pitch.
The Portugal international produced another solid performance at right-back as the Gunners ground down Brentford to secure a 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium.
Coming off the back of a hard-fought three points against Wolves, Mikel Arteta’s squad are picking up momentum just at the right time and the atmosphere in the camp is buoyant.
“I think it was great [in Dubai],” Cedric told Arsenal.com after today’s win.
“It felt good, the team came together, we had some team activities as well. We trained a little bit on the sand, sometimes it’s good to just change a little bit the mentality or the atmosphere around.
“It was great, it felt good and I think the team is like a unit right now. We are super together and we will be like this until the end of the season, for sure.”
After a frustrating goalless first half against the Bees, Arsenal were quick out of the traps after the break and secured the points courtesy of fine strikes by Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. By and large it was a comfortable performance and one that the crowd enjoyed.
“I think we started the game really, really well,” reflected Cedric. “Everyone was motivated, everyone wanted to score, everyone was helping each other and playing at home with these fantastic fans today was fantastic. It was the right mentality, they were all behind us and the team felt it.
“Every game in the Premier League is important for us. The team knows about it, we are facing it like a final every game and our mentality is to just go again and win it.
“That’s what the team is focused on every game, and again to play at home right now is just incredible with the atmosphere we are getting here every game, and the players loved it.”