Moving into the top three last night after beating Newcastle 2-0 at the Emirates has increased Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four, and understandably there’s a measure of optimism about doing that with just seven games of the season remaining.
However, Bernd Leno is urging his teammates to maintain their focus, and not take anything for granted just yet.
The German was speaking after another clean sheet, the first time this season we’ve kept three in a row, and he says there’s a lot still to do if we want to play in the Champions League next season.
“I think we’re in a very good position but it’s still a long way because the other teams will wait for our mistakes,” said Leno.
“We have to be focused in every game and if it’s possible we need to win every game. Then we can get back to the Champions League.”
The win last night was relatively comfortable, but with just a one goal lead until Alexandre Lacazette sealed the three points in the 83rd minute, there was always the possibility that one moment could turn the game.
“We had to keep calm because Newcastle were waiting for one chance from a corner or a free-kick to score,” he said.
“Then it’s more difficult to score a goal and win, so I think the first goal was very important for us.
“We kept possession and kept playing the ball, which was the main reason we played so good.”