By Chris Harris
If Saturday's defeat at Fulham left Arsenal like a wounded animal, the win against FC Twente started the healing process.
Arsène Wenger's side were roundly criticised after a below-par performance at Craven Cottage but they bounced back in style to complete a 6-0 aggregate victory over Dutch opposition and take their place in the Group Stage of the Champions League.
Gael Clichy echoed his manager's view that Arsenal's weekend performance was "just not good enough" but the French left-back helped to make amends on Wednesday night. Afterwards he admitted that Saturday had been something of a wake-up call for the Arsenal players.
"We had to do it for the fans because I think everyone is agreed that the Fulham game was not the way we play," said Clichy.
"Sometimes you can’t play your game but it’s the way you behave on the pitch, and the fans have always been there for us since the first day I came to Arsenal. It was a really big blow and we felt sorry about it but now it has passed and we have to do the right thing for the fans.
"When you play in English football, you know that any team you play is going to be a tough game. Fulham showed us that you have to be up for every game, game after game because English football is so different than any other football in Europe. We will learn from that and hopefully it won’t happen again."
"For a club like Arsenal, we have to be at the top and to be at the top you have to play with the right spirit so that’s what we tried to do last night and we showed with the players we have got, if everyone is playing the same way, we can have a great result."
Wednesday's win against Twente was certainly a step in the right direction but, as far as Clichy is concerned, it was only the first step. The next target is another positive result this weekend, against Newcastle at Emirates Stadium.
"We have to maintain it," admitted Clichy. "Premier League games are different to Champions League. With respect to Twente, Newcastle will be a different side and we know it is always tough to play against them. We have to be focused, have a good rest before the game and try to do our best and I am sure we can do it."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source