Mathieu Flamini has urged his teammates to ignore the 5 point gap at the top of the Premier League, and stay focused on doing the things that have got them there.
The 1-1 draw with Everton meant the Gunners extended their lead over Chelsea and Liverpool, but the midfielder wants to ensure that nobody gets carried away.
“Five points clear is positive but it’s only the beginning of the championship,” he told Arsenal Player. “There are lot of games to come and it’s important to win games, not concede goals and work hard. We have to stay focused.”
Flamini was also full of praise for an Everton side that provided the toughest test of the season in the league so far.
“They are one of the greatest teams we’ve played since the beginning of the season,” he said. “It’s a very solid team and they have some really good quality also, so it was a tough game.
“Of course there’s frustration when winning 1-0 and in the last 10 minutess, you concede a goal and they come back. You push and push for opportunities and you don’t win the game, it’s frustrating but football is like that.
“But a draw is not a bad result.”
Arsenal now travel to Napoli on Wednesday night where focus, and avoiding a 3 goal defeat, will see us through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.