Oleksandr Zinchenko says wins against Sevilla and Burnley have put Arsenal “back on track” following difficult results away at West Ham and Newcastle.
The Ukraine international, a scorer in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Clarets, also believes the attitude of Mikel Arteta’s squad during the last couple of weeks suggests the club continues to move in the right direction.
“We have an amazing squad and good competition in every single position,” the full-back told the Evening Standard.
“I think it is definitely a positive sign. We are on the right way. We are working so hard as a team, the coaching staff as well. Every single day we give our all and the energy of our fans gives us a boost that we have a bright future.
He added: “I don’t know any team in the world that didn’t lose a game, but it is important to react well from the defeats and it gives you your confidence back.
“We did well and worked so hard in this period. We knew we had to be back on track and that is what we have done.”
Manager Mikel Arteta seems similarly impressed by the consistency shown by his squad, especially given the absence of several key men.
“The level and the consistency the team is showing, how we are playing, how the team is competing, we are always there,” the Spaniard told Arsenal.com on Saturday.
“The team is showing real maturity as well as a lot of hunger to be there and show a bit of bite and teeth in the right moments.”
When Premier League action resumes on 25 November, Arteta will be hoping to have at least three key players back from injury. Ben White was rested on Saturday after an issue was detected by the medical team and the full-back joined Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Jurrien Timber on the sidelines.
Despite not playing for Arsenal for three weeks, it’s reported by the Evening Standard that Jesus has travelled to Brazil to be assessed ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Colombia and Argentina. The Gunners are adamant the player isn’t fit enough to play but interim head coach Fernando Diniz seemed keen to flex his muscles on the issue.
Fingers crossed the striker doesn’t do further damage to a body that has taken a pounding in the last year.