Olivier Giroud says Arsenal will keep plugging away in the Premier League on the off chance Manchester City and Chelsea drop more points.
The Gunners sealed their sixth win on the bounce with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Newcastle and currently sit third in the table, one point behind City and just four behind Jose Mourinho’s leaders.
While a title push still seems unlikely – Chelsea have two games in hand and need seven wins from their remaining ten games to confirm top spot – Giroud says confidence is high in the Arsenal camp.
Speaking to Arsenal.com after his brace at St James’ Park, the Frenchman reflected: “It’s nice for the team because we are on a really good run, even if we were disappointed about the Champions League – we want to finish really strongly and finish in the best position by winning every single game.
“There’s still eight games to play so we need to focus on our games and step by step we’re going to see. First we need to win every single game and then after we need to see if City or Chelsea miss one of these steps.
“You never know, you have to believe in football and that’s why we want to win every single game.”
Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey says the win against Newcastle was another to tick off the list as the Gunners target an 84 point haul; potentially the highest since the Invincibles hit 90 in 2003/04.
“It was a difficult game,” the Wales midfielder said. “In the first half we created a few opportunities and we took a couple of them.
“Maybe in the second half we took our foot off the gas and they game out and made it difficult for us. We did well in the end to hang onto our victory.
“[Monaco] was obviously really disappointing but we took the positives from it as well. We went over there and won 2-0 which not many teams have done. They don’t concede a lot there so we took a lot from that game.
“We’re on a good run at the moment and we just wanted to keep that going today. We came away with three points and that’s another game to tick off now. We’re looking forward to meeting up with our national teams and having a little breather from club football.”