Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has pinpointed the 2-0 win against Manchester City in January as the turning point of their season.
The Gunners made a slow start to the season, winning just two of their opening eight games in the Premier League. They dropped vital points away against newly promoted Leicester City and then at home in the North London derby against Tottenham.
Those results effectively ruled them out of the title race before the turn of the year and had their top-four credentials questioned, but following the memorable performance at the Etihad Stadium, Bellerin admits the result turned their season around:
“The turning point was probably the Manchester City game.” the 20-year-old told the club’s official website.
“We realised that we could do good things after that, and since then we’ve played well every single game as a group with a lot of solidarity in the team. The team went straight up and showed that we’re not going to drop.” he stressed.
Since the game against last season’s Premier League champions, Arsenal have won 18 of their last 22 games in all competitions and currently sit third in the league with a game in hand ahead of the clash with in-form Swansea City at the Emirates on Monday night.