Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal squad to keep their focus in the second half of the season warning them that momentum is easily lost in football.
The Gunners are on a good run of form having won eight of their last ten games in all competitions, but with rival clubs suffering shock defeats in the FA Cup he touched on the danger of complacency.
“We have a good momentum but let’s keep the urgency level very high and we know how quickly the momentum can die in football if your quality drops a little bit.
“We have a good opportunity to finish well this season so we have to show that we can compete in every single game now and earn our right to win the games.
“I think the results yesterday [on Saturday] was a bit of a subconscious warning for us. It wakes you up a bit and you think, ‘okay it’s a Championship team’ but you know that the players in lower-level teams are prepared now.
“They come out of the academies, do not make it in the Premier League but they are not far from it. They can maintain the pace for 90 minutes and in these kinds of ties they never give up. Even if you look in League One, you look at the games and the teams play good football. If you’re not ready, you can lose.”
The Gunners’ attention now returns to the Premier League where three games in ten days, starting on Sunday against Aston Villa, could prove vital in the race for a top four finish.
We’ve left ourselves with a lot to do going into the last 16 games but with silverware up for grabs in Europe and the FA Cup there’s still much to play for.
On that note, the draw for the FA Cup 5th Round takes place this evening at 7.20pm. The following teams are in the draw:
1. Crystal Palace
2. Cambridge United or Manchester United
3. Blackburn Rovers
4. Bradford City
5. Derby County
6. Preston North End or Sheffield United
7. West Bromwich Albion
8. Aston Villa
10. Liverpool or Bolton Wanderers
11. Leicester City
13. Rochdale or Stoke City
14. Sunderland or Fulham
15. West Ham United