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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Szczesny: We have the momentum to reel in Tottenham

ONE year and 10 days after their famous defeat of Barcelona, Arsenal finally produced something to match it at the Emirates last Sunday afternoon.

In the immediate afterglow of their 5-2 victory over Spurs, Wojciech Szczesny (pictured below celebrating after the final whistle) described it as "comparable" to that Champions League first-leg win and few would have quibbled.

It was a high point, but no one could have predicted how far Arsenal would drop following that famous win.

The traumatic Carling Cup final defeat -- one highly eventful year ago now -- led to a collapse in the league, and exits from the Champions League and FA Cup.

Then the summer of player exits, the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford, faltering form and a lesson at the San Siro.

Robin van Persie has been a lone beacon of excellence this season.

But, to overturn a 2-0 deficit and overrun their fiercest rivals like they did and win 5-2 was quite something.

"It is a great feeling, probably one of the best I have ever had," Szczesny said.

"It is brilliant, I was buzzing. Every single goal felt better than the previous one.

"For me as an Arsenal fan to beat Tottenham -- it is the first time I have beaten them as well -- it is just great."

Whether it was Arsenal's finest moment since that Barcelona win is an academic point -- whether it can end a horrible 12 months and launch something better is anything but. Szczesny is typically confident.



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"The last two games at home, we have scored 12 goals.

"It just shows you what we can do when we are on the front foot and we can really go for it," the Polish goalkeeper said.

"You could see that once we started playing well, the fans got behind us and gave us a lot of support.

"We needed that performance not only for us but for them as well."

Szczesny added that he had no inside track regarding the future of Van Persie but said that, while he was "confident" his captain would stay, Arsenal were "trying to make the most of it while he is here".

"After what we have done we believe we can challenge Tottenham.

"We are six or seven points behind them now and we have the momentum. I hope we can challenge them."

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