Tomas Rosicky hails Arsenalís renewed fighting spirit
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby was the turning point of the season for his side. Tomas Rosicky feels Arsenal’s improved performance is no coincidence; as a matter of fact it was a result of their awakening.
Tomas Rosicky helped Arsenal get closer to a top-four finish with a brilliant brace against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. The Czech Republic international claims Arsenal have learned their lesson from the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in beginning of March.
Arsenal grabbed a huge victory over Bayern Munich in the very next game, which consequently became a run of four successive wins for the Gunners. Arsenal were seven points behind Tottenham Hotspur at that point in the season, but now are only two points away with a game in hand.
“When we lost to Tottenham, we did two stupid mistakes and were punished for it,” Tomas Rosicky said. “We tried to correct it. And you could see the improvement in Munich, it was much better. We know what are problems are and we're trying to solve it.”
If all goes as planned Arsene Wenger will be able to finish with a top-four spot once again. As a matter of fact, a win at this stage would mean Arsenal are in contention for a top-three spot.
Tomas Rosicky admitted he was pleased to see his side play with a rejuvenated spirit on the field. The 32-year-old midfielder praised Arsenal’s team spirit, especially after his side went down to 10 men following Per Mertesacker’s red card.
“The last couple of games we've produced some good football,” Tomas Rosicky said. “It always gives your confidence when you win in Munich and when you have such a difficult game [on Saturday], where in the last 20 minutes, we've got our backs against the wall. It gives you a big lift.”
Tomas Rosicky, who made his second start in the Premier League this weekend, admits it hasn’t been easy fighting for a spot in the first-team.
“It's difficult when you're not playing,” Tomas Rosicky said. “You want to be part of the team. Only way you can get into the team is through hard work. You have to convince the manager that you're part of the team. That's what I am trying to do. Everyone wants to play. I am very glad to contribute again. I hope I can continue like that.”