Sunderland 1 (0 0) 2 Arsenal
Andrey Arshavin after the game:
The place in the standings our team occupied ahead of this matchday didn’t correspond with the ambitions of Arsenal and our fans. We understood that we couldn’t lose any more points. When preparing for the upcoming clash, we kept in mind the successful games of our rival, led by Martin O’Neill. After him joining Sunderland, the team has changed and shows excellent football.
In my opinion, with him leading the squad, our opponent scored the most number of points starting from the matchday he joined the team. Do not forget, the last three or four rounds they beat everyone. Therefore, we understood that they wouldn’t want to stop their successful run today, will play to win, besides they were playing at home.
Basically, that’s exactly what happened: a difficult game on a difficult pitch: the ball was constantly bouncing off ... The game ended, the club got three points, plus another victory in the history of Arsenal.
arshavin.eu: The history of Arsenal is closely connected with the name of Arsene Wenger.
Does he deserve credit for today’s victory?
AA: Two players came out to play. There was a substitution. They helped the team. Right? This means that the coach guessed right.
arshavin.eu: A couple of minutes ahead of the winning assist, there was a moment when after your lobbed ball, Van Persie was unable to score. Both attacks were developed by Vermaelen, who passed to Arshavin on the flank. Did you work on it during training?
AA: This season we don’t spend a lot of time with Thomas together on the pitch. Therefore one can’t talk about it being "homework". It was more simple, he acted according to the situation, giving the ball to a partner for further development of the attack.
arshavin.eu: As a result, the legend of Arsenal, after Andrey Arshavin’s pass snatched the victory. A fairytale?
AA: A true story :) Everything combined: hard work, skills and our desire to win.
We are very happy that Thierry has scored the winning goal again.
arshavin.eu: The fans were glad to talk to you after the game. What did they ask?
AA: They were happy we won and expect us to have a successful game in the Champions League.