Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has claimed that they were motivated by Jesse Lingard’s dancing style before recording the famous 2-0 win on Sunday at Emirates.
Arsenal ended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s domestic unbeaten record and the German goalkeeper said the celebration by Lingard in January during the FA Cup tie played a role in motivating the Gunners. Lingard, after scoring in the 3-1 win, moonwalked in front of Arsenal fans and he had done that twice before when he found the net against Arsenal at Emirates.
“In your mind, you will never forget something like that, when somebody is celebrating. You don’t want to see it again, so we were motivated. And we knew before the game about our chance because Man United had one point more than us [in the race for fourth].
Now we have two points and that was enough motivation for us. We are in the top four and the other teams now wait for our mistakes.
There are still eight games and we want to win every game but we have to focus on each one because the other teams will wait for small mistakes. We don’t play against the other top six teams, so I think we can beat the others. The next game is against Newcastle at home and it is an opportunity to win and stay in the top four.” Leno told Sky Sports.
Arsenal kept their good home record this season as they made it nine wins in a row against arch-rivals Man United.