Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is understandably delighted with Saturday’s 5-2 derby win against Tottenham Hotspur and is glad that the club’s supporters got to enjoy a big victory after weeks of frustration.
The Gunners were recently unable to beat Schalke in both their attempts in the UEFA Champions League and were beaten convincingly by bitter rivals Manchester United earlier this month.
A home fixture against Fulham also ended in a 3-3 draw after the usually reliable Mikel Arteta missed a late penalty that could have secured all the points.
Tottenham’s visit to the Emirates thus represented a day that the Gunners’ faithful were desperate to enjoy and when it ended in celebration, Szczesny was quick to express his happiness for those who had patiently waited for the team’s revival.
“I know that over the last few weeks, the fans might have been frustrated, and we understand that completely. I think the team and the fans work as a unit, and they were fantastic, they helped us to get a boost before the game and helped keep us going,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player.
The Poland international added: “They deserve a lot of credit for the result as well. We’re certainly hoping that they can keep it the same and help us to win all the fixtures coming up.
“Obviously, all Premier League games are as important as the next one but I think the fans enjoy it just that little bit more [against Tottenham] – when we won you could see how much they were buzzing after the game.
“At the final whistle there were still 60,000 people there – the only fans who left were the Tottenham fans. It was fantastic.”
Picking up only a point out of a possible six against Schalke means that the Gunners still need a result against Montpellier to bounce back in their aim to progress to the Champions League Round-of-16.
Szczesny is confident that the win against the Spurs has given his teammates the momentum they needed to prepare optimally for Montpellier.
“We couldn’t get a better time to play that game. We’re confident. We’ve had a couple of poor results recently, but we’re back on track and we’re confident that we can get the three points and qualify for the knockout stages, which is the least you can ask from us.
“We want to make sure we do the job properly and qualify,” the 22-year old concluded.