Arsene Wenger has urged his squad to focus solely on their own results over the course of the next three games with potential Premier League points permutations leaving even professorial bods at Oxbridge scratching their heads in confusion.
The Gunners travel to QPR tomorrow knowing they need to secure maximum points to maintain the pressure on top four rivals Chelsea and Tottenham who play each other next Tuesday.
Speaking at his weekly press conference the boss admitted that experience had taught him and his players that worrying about other clubs is unhelpful.
“Nobody knows [how decisive this week will be],” said Wenger. “The only thing we know is it can only be decisive if we win our games. That is compulsory.
“We focus on winning our games and then look at the results of other teams. The most important thing is not to lift your head, just focus on our job and continue our strong run. We have put a strong run together and we want to use this belief in a very positive way.
“Chelsea is in front of us and we play catch back. First of all we focus on what is important which is you and your performance and winning the game. We have learned this down the years and it is the right way to behave.”
With two away games on the horizon, neither of which yielded wins last term, you’d forgive Arsene for being a little cautious when talking about our form on the road, but the boss has been buoyed by the consistency his side have displayed up and down the country.
“We have been strong away from home and we had a good stability,” he continued.
“How do you explain that? I believe that at home at the beginning of the season, we played with some fear.
“Away from home we played with more freedom and expressed more our game and maybe as well because the home teams attack more against us than they do at the Emirates. Away from home we have had a good season.”
Reflecting on both his future and that of the squad, Wenger also spoke positively (quotes from Arsenal Twitter feed) about the manner in which the club have overcome the upheaval of the last two summers.
“Since January, we have become stronger and stronger. That’s important going into next season.
“We had to rebuild the team in the last two seasons. We have moved forward in the second part of this season considerably.
“I want this Club to do well. We have gone through a sensitive period but I believe the Club is in a good position for the future.”