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Szczesny: Arsenal are confident again
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has claimed the cloud of despair that had been hanging over the Gunners dressing room during the last month has now gone, following Saturday's 5-2 win against Tottenham.
Szczesny, 22, made his first appearance in more than two months in the North London derby after managing to shake off a persistent ankle problem.
The Poland international believes the nervousness that has undermined Arsenal's performances of late has been replaced with an eagerness to get back onto the field for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Montpellier.
"We have had a couple of poor results recently, but we're back on track," Szczesny told the official Arsenal website. "I know that the fans might have been frustrated over the last few weeks and we understand that completely, but we are buzzing now.
"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. The fans 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.
"We can't wait to play our next game against Montpellier. We want to make sure we do the job properly and qualify."
The confidence oozing from Szczesny is not entirely echoed by manager Arsene Wenger, who admits he still has concerns about the lack of self-belief that has cost his side dearly during a run that has seen them falter in the Champions League and on home soil.
"You could sense the nervousness in the team, even when we had a strong position against a Tottenham side playing with ten men," Wenger said. "We still lack some stability in this team and it is something we need to work on. Confidence can come as quickly as it goes and hopefully the 5-2 win can help us get to the next level in our belief.
"There is something special in this team and I am sure it will come out when they play with complete confidence. We will gain some belief and confidence from this result against Tottenham and we have to try and transfer that into our next game and show the same performance."
Meanwhile, Wenger has insisted he has no concerns about his side's defensive frailties ahead of their clash with Montpellier, even though Arsenal have now conceded 16 times in their last five fixtures.
"I believe it is always easier to correct the defensive side than getting your team to score goals," he added. "When you score goals you always have a chance. I am confident the defence will be sound once everybody is used to playing with each other."