Arsene Wenger has been bombarded with criticism this week after Arsenal only managed a 0-0 draw away at Aston Villa, but Wojciech Szczesny thinks that is quite a good result considering it was their third game in ten days, and it could have been worse if Szczesny hadn’t pulled off an excellent save to deny Brett Holman’s long-range effort towards the end of the game.
“They had a few shots on goal so it was not difficult to keep my focus but I was happy with the save,” Szczesny said. “They have lost their last two games and their desire tonight not to concede was great so they made it very difficult, you have to give them credit for not letting us score.
“In the end we would take the draw and are happy with a clean sheet, those are the main positives.”
Wenger echoed the same sentiments, as he felt that his team was tired after the Champions League win over Montpellier in midweek. “We had a difficult week, and a good week where the team gave absolutely everything.” Wenger said.
“I told you, we had two difficult games in the championship – not everybody will come here and win. After the Champions League game, when you play away from home, you can make a draw, it can happen. We could have won the game, we could have lost the game. You have to respect Aston Villa as well.”
Although there has been quite an hysterical reaction from a lot of Arsenal fans after the draw, this result means we are only six points behind West Brom in third place, so a win against Everton on Wednesday is now extremely important as David Moyes side are one point ahead of us in 5th.
“It will be a six-pointer,” Szczesny said. “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.
“We are outside the top four so our first target is to reach that top four. But our ambitions are much higher than that.
“We have managed to get a couple of good results recently. It would have been good if we had won on Saturday but we shall take it game by game and hope for the best. We need to climb the table and hopefully do well in the other competitions as well.
“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 we get back to that level and I think we are in a good position to do so.”
Everton are in excellent form this year, and are unbeaten at Goodison Park since March (when Arsenal won 0-1). On paper this game should be a lot harder than the one against Villa, but even if we have to settle for another draw that could be a very important point at the end of the season…..