Arsenal have no fear says Wojciech Szczesny ahead of Fulham clash
Friday 25 November 2011
Wojciech Szczesny claims Arsenal will not fear anyone in their current form - but warned against taking Fulham's challenge lightly at Emirates Stadium tomorrow.
Arsene Wenger's men are a team transformed from earlier in the season, now having won 11 from 13 games in all competitions after a brace from in-form captain Robin van Persie helped beat Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night to secure safe passage into the last 16 of the Champions League.
Goalkeeper Szczesny, however, maintains Arsenal must remain focused if they are to keep up the challenge of a top-four place.
"I don't think we'll struggle with complacency. For us every game is massive now," Szczesny told Arsenal Player.
"We have needed to get some points to catch up with the teams at the top of the table.
"The Fulham game is massive for us and I am sure we'll be up for it."
Szczesny added: "It is fantastic that we don't fear playing against anyone.
"We are very confident going into each game and feel like we have what it takes to get the three points.
"We keep winning so I hope we keep that habit going and win every single game from now on."
Midfielder Alex Song feels Arsenal are finally starting to gel into an effective unit.
"Maybe some people are very hard on Arsenal, I don't know why," the Cameroon midfielder said.
"We want to show everyone is wrong about us and we did very well - but we don't want to stay in the same situation now and just say, 'everything is working and we will just keep on like this'.
"We want to push ourselves to try to look forward."
Arsenal can now head to Athens for next month's final group game against Olympiacos safe in the knowledge they will be among the seeds for the last 16, regardless of the result.
Given how costly failure to do the same last season proved when being drawn against Barcelona, Song revealed: "We didn't want to make the same mistakes as last time.
"We needed to finish the job because we know to finish top of the group is very important."
The complexities of Arsenal's potential opponents in the last 16 still are still to be played out, while Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all not yet assured of progression.
However, topping the group does at least provide Wenger with the comfort Arsenal cannot now face Barcelona again, or indeed Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey said: "We feel like we can beat anybody at the moment with the form we are in, so hopefully we get a good team and we can progress to the next round."
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