After a disappointing draw at Aston Villa, the need for Arsenal to take all three points at Everton this week is even greater. Wojciech Szczesnt and Carl Jenkinson have both spoken about the importance of the game on Wednesday to the rest of Arsenal’s season. Wenger spoke about consistency before the weekend’s game, but his inability to field a consistent side had very negative consequences for the Gunners.
Szczesny has said that Arsenal will take positives from the game against Villa, which was not helped by the sodden conditions, and so the players have not taken a big dent in confidence which is so important to a team and which the last two results had boosted. The keeper wants us to take that confidence into Wednesday’s match and build on it.
“It will be a six-pointer. It will be a very good game for us to win. We managed to get three points last year and it was a really tough match.
“I think the last two matches against Tottenham and Montpellier, offensively we have played really well. We have had a few disappointing performances before that, so it’s important that we get back to that level, and I think we are in a good position to do so.
Jenkinson declared that Arsenal were happy with the defensive performance against Villa, the second clean sheet in a row, but knows that we must do more in attack against a strong Everton side.
“I think clean sheets are important. Nine times out of ten, if you keep a clean sheet, you go on to win the game. In the main, we haven’t conceded alot of goals this season. I think we’re up there as one of the best in terms of goals conceded.
“We go into every game to win it. On Saturday it wasn’t meant to be, but we’ve got a huge game against Everton. There’s no hiding, we need to win that. It’s a massive game for us. We’re on a good little run now, but we need to pick up three points on Wednesday and I’m confident we’ll do that.”