By Rob Kelly
Sol Campbell says Arsenal’s “fantastic” revival is down to the fact that the players are being bolder in their approach.
Arsène Wenger’s side are in a rich vein of form and have set a Premier League record after recording four consecutive victories from losing positions.
Campbell believes this is down to a collective resilience and determination not to lose that bodes well for the future.
“The lads have shown a lot of spirit. You have to get a bit of the rub of the green, but that tends to come when you start being bolder on the pitch,” he told Arsenal Player at a Show Racism The Red Card event at Emirates Stadium.
“Gamble on your skill, gamble in the box, gamble in thinking, 'I am going to try this'. Start gambling your talent, basically. The more you bust a gut to win, the more you are going to see the crowd feed off that.
“You make your own luck, and against Newcastle there was a little deflection for the winning goal and the ball came to Vermaelen. But he was there because he busted a gut to get into the box.”
Campbell believes the nature of Arsenal’s last-gasp wins against Liverpool and Newcastle will breed self-belief among the squad as they enter the final stages of the season.
“Sometimes it is not about the loss, it is how you lose and that is the same with winning. Winning in the last minute will give the lads confidence,” he said.
“Robin Van Persie is flying and banging in goals left, right and centre. Everyone is starting to gel and realising what it means to play for Arsenal.
“That level of confidence and class is what they should be aiming for all the time. Sure, sometimes you won’t reach that level but you have to work out how to grind out a result, or shut the game down. That is a learning curve."
Campbell says that the way to achieve long-term success is to maintain focus and a high work-rate at all times.
“Hard graft and talent go hand in hand. There are not many top players around the world who don't work on their skill," he said.
“Being responsible on and off the field is crucial. Everyone likes to have a great time but it is about realising 'I want to win the league or the cup, so I have to knuckle down here'.
“You have to make sure you don't waste your career and actually work hard and be a part of history.”
Watch the full interview with Sol on Arsenal Player soon.15 Mar 2012