Gabriel playing for Arsenal against Watford Gabriel has revealed Arsenal were ‘much more focused’ than they have been recently in their resounding victory over Watford.The Gunners secured a 4-0 win against the Hornets, easing to three vital points as they remain in the hunt for the Premier League title.It was a return to form for Arsene Wenger’s side, who have been struggling in the recent months.The North London club had won just three of their previous 10 games heading into the clash with the Hornets, and had been on the end of a 2-1 defeat against the same opponents in the FA Cup in March.However, Arsenal were back to their best, attacking with pace and creative flair, and Brazilian centre-back Gabriel has revealed the reason for this excellent performance.“It’s not every game that we’ll have an excellent performance like today,” he said.“We were just much more focused against Watford and that’s why things went much better and we recorded a positive result.”The three points closed the gap on second placed Spurs to four points, with Arsenal still having a game in hand, and Gabriel insists the Gunners have their confidence back heading into the final stage of the season.The 25-year-old added: “We’ve regained our confidence once again.“Not so long ago we lacked a little in confidence and we weren’t going into the match fully focused, so with a victory, we come back with a better self-esteem.” 1
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Starting today, there are no more peripheral obstacles to success. No more long trips or stretches of playing games every other day for two weeks. From here, the Long Beach State women’s soccer team (8-3-1, 1-1) has a schedule that includes seven games (five in the Big West Conference) over a 24-day span, with time for training and learning between contests, and five of the final seven regular-season games at home. And just in time, because the true meat of the schedule is here, with No. 20-ranked Cal Poly (8-1-3) coming to town for a 3 p.m. kickoff at George Allen Field. A 49er win would tie the program record for wins in the modern era, with the 2003 team having won nine games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Messina and Bolt (team-leading five goals and five assists) are day-to-day, and Bolt has a cast that likely would have to be wrapped well to prevent the possibility of accidentally injuring another player. If Bolt, who will be a game-time decision, cannot go, the 49ers still have some attacking punch if freshman midfielder Kim Silos (five goals, two assists) can get free on the wing, and if the Mustangs do not employ the same physical tactics teams have used to take forward Sahar Haghdan (one goal, two assists) off her game. “I think we’re going to be ready for whatever we’ve got to do. Whoever gets called (upon) to make the start is going to have to step up,” Ingrassia said. “Those were two losses that personnel-wise you can try to replace, but you’re going to have to deal with the dynamics of not having them in there.” “It’s a big game, its gonna be a good indicator of where we stand in the conference,” LBSU coach Mauricio Ingrassia said. “This is a great opportunity for our program, against a ranked opponent, in front of our crowd.” The 49ers come in following a tough 1-0 loss at Cal State Northridge. Playing their seventh game in 16 days, the 49ers were without junior defender Natalie Messina, who has been fighting injuries all season and was hurt in the previous game, and freshman midfielder Hayley Bolt, who had suffered a wrist injury in the Big West opener, a 1-0 win at Pacific.