We have seen in recent years that Arsenal can be a little bit guilty of looking over our shoulders and either worrying too much about the teams chasing us in the Premier League or perhaps allowing a little bit of complacency to creep into our game.
Our acting captain and centre back Laurent Koscielny even suggested recently that Arsenal were punished for getting a little too comfortable after a long unbeaten run when we lost back to back games at Everton and Man City. Well there is certainly no chance of that happening at the minute, because instead of looking back to the chasin g pack it is the Gunners doing the chasing.
As Arsene Wenger alluded to in an Arsenal.com report that means that all the players can do is to focus on our own games and be aware that no more slip-ups can be allowed. It is not ideal, of course, and the Arsenal fans would obviously prefer to be nine points clear at the top instead of nine behind the current leaders Chelsea, but in a way I think the situation will help the lads focus on football and perform well.
Wenger said, “What’s happening in this league is that at the moment all the big teams win against the smaller teams. That was not always the case, but since November it is like that.
“So the only moment where the teams drop points at the moment is when they play against each other, but that can change again so right now Chelsea win every single game.
“We just have to hang on, try to win our next game and hope that at some stage the results turn in our favour. That’s the only thing we can do.”
It is an important thing as well though, but can Arsenal do it?