Victories against Premier League champions Liverpool and the semi-final FA Cup game against Manchester City have got Arsenal fans once again riding the highs of excitement over the direction the club is going in. After losing the first 2 games following “Project Restart”, Arsenal have won 6 of the following 8 games, giving all fans a reason to be excited.
David Luiz spoke to BT Sport following the 2-0 victory against Manchester City and he was asked about the result and what it means for the team.
“It was a great result against one of the best teams in the world. We did it because we were humble and we understood the way we have to play and we took the opportunities to score. We have to be mature and understand the level we are at and where we are in the process. It’s a good process, we have an amazing coach and he wants to bring us the best football but it’s not zero to 100. We have to improve but the spirit was great and I am happy for the team.”David Luiz – July 18. 2020
The understanding of their current position in the football world is one of the more admirable traits of Arsenal’s new look side. They want to hold the ball, control the game in a proactive way but they are aware that they aren’t at the stage in their development to do that consistently, especially not against a club as strong as Manchester City.
Arsenal were very good tonight, fully deserving of their win – but they were almost architects of their own downfall. Early in the game, not long after going 1-0 up thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal almost gifted a goal back to City. In an attempt to play out from the back, Hector Bellerin played a very loose ball to Gabriel Jesus in a dangerous position but City were unable to capitalize.
City had total control over the territory, but Arsenal rarely looked under threat in the second half. Excellent performances from David Luiz and Granit Xhaka meant that every time City attempted one of their trademark cut-backs in the box, City players were never able to get on the end of them. Once Aubameyang scored the second goal, it was effectively game over.
Arsenal will be looking now towards the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Chelsea to see who they will play in the final. Who do you want to face for the trophy?
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