Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal are looking like a really strong side after their 5-1 demolition of Bournemouth closed the gap on 3rd place Sp*rs to four points ahead of the North London derby.
Goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Alex Lacazette did the damage as the Gunners notched their fourth win in five Premier League games.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wembley, Jenkinson, who put in a solid shift in his first league start of the season, highlighted the confidence with which his teammates are playing.
“It was great,” he told Arsenal.com after the victory. “It was always going to be a difficult game because they’re a good team and they try to play like us.
“Fair play to us, they came here and they tried to play. It felt great to be back out there and great to win too, so all in all it’s fantastic.
He added: “I think it’s a very easy thing to say but we’re looking at one game at a time. That’s the way we’ve got to look at things and it’s the way the manager looks at things. We just keep building.
“In the last few games in particular, we’ve played some really good stuff. We’re looking like a very strong side, which we are. We’ve got a lot of really talented players and we want to show that we can do well at the minute.
“Of course, we’ve got a tough game coming up but we’re going into it with a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence.”
Having been a member of past squads who’ve successfully qualified for the Champions League, Jenkinson knows all too well how important this stage of the season will be for their European aspirations.
“It’s hugely important,” he reflected. “Towards the end of the season is a very critical time because the competitions are coming to an end and it’s about being consistent to get the results.
“I think we’re doing that really well at the minute but we’ve got some big games coming up. It’s a very important time for us but as players, we all know that. Our focus is on doing a good job and doing what we need to do.”