Arsene Wenger has called on his players to remain absolutely focused on heading into the Christmas period.
Having mounted an impressive 14-game unbeaten streak, the Gunners now sit second in the Premier League table. With six games coming up in the next 30 days the challenge is to continue their domestic consistency.
“When you look at the teams around us you can see that the margin of difference has shrunk a lot,” Wenger told press ahead of his side’s trip to Everton on Tuesday.
“The way you respond in every single game is absolutely vital. It’s a very important period where everybody has to be absolutely focused on our results and the way we want to play.”
He added: “We go tomorrow to Everton, let’s focus on Everton and try to win the game. That’s all you can do in football, win your next game. What is for sure, is that at the moment every game is like a cup final for everybody.
“We’ve just come out of a game where we were 1-0 down and for the sixth time this season we’ve come back after being down, so let’s continue to focus on that, on our resilience and our motivation. After that we’ll see how far we can go.”
Over the weekend, The Telegraph reported that Arsenal had been using the services of a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Ceri Evans, who’d previously worked with the All Black rugby team. Asked whether the move had been a catalyst for the upturn in results over the last few months, the boss made clear that he’d rather praise the quality of his players.
“It’s down to the quality of the players; it’s as simple as that,” said Wenger.
“It’s nothing to do with psychology, it’s down to the way our players play on the football pitch. We have not to go overboard with that. It’s nothing to do with that.
“The strong mentality of the players is first down to the fact that we have more maturity in the squad,” he continued.
“We played for many years with a very young squad, they were a bit more vulnerable. As well it’s down to the recent history of the team, we have not lost for a long time and that creates strength, belief and trust in the squad.
“That is of course, much more linked with that [being mentally strong].”