Despite Arsenal's fledgling 2011-12 campaign still being in its early stages, the Gunners have already had their fair share of critics this season.

A return of just a solitary point from their opening two Barclays Premier League fixtures, caused many to question the credentials of Arsene Wenger's young side, raising doubts over their ability to overcome Udinese in their UEFA Champions League play-off encounter on Wednesday.

But that lack of confidence and belief stems only from the outside looking in, as Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny explains the players never lost faith in themselves.

"At half-time there might have been a lot of people questioning the team because we were 1-0 down at such a difficult venue against a very good Udinese side," he said. "I think the only people who actually believed in the team was the team itself.

"All the players in the dressing room were very motivated and had the belief we could come back into the game and score the important away goal. We showed very good mental strength and in the second-half we showed good quality as well.


 

 

"The last couple of games we had disappointing results but as I said, there was never a doubt in our heads that we are a very good side. So we are going to keep going, put in a good performance at Old Trafford on Sunday and see how it goes from there. The team believes we are capable of playing very well and winning games."

After Robin Van Persie drew Arsenal level, the Polish stopper made a stunning penalty save from Antonio di Natale to help turn the tie well and truly in the Gunners' favour, giving them the ascendancy to go on and win the game with a goal from Theo Walcott.

"The only people who questioned the team and the manager were the media," Szczesny continued. "Inside the team, we don't do that at all.

"We know how good we are and how good our manager is. We believe in what he is doing so I believe we answered a lot of questions the other night.

 

"It has been very difficult but you don't expect easy games in the Premier League or Champions League anymore. It'll be tough for the rest of the season but I believe we have what it takes to come out on top."

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