Monday 26 March 2012
Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs says his squad's strength of character is one of the reasons behind their stunning run of form.
The Gunners recorded a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday to extend their winning run to seven League matches, a feat they have not managed since October 2007.
Gibbs claimed his first Barclays Premier League goal in the Emirates Stadium win, with Theo Walcott adding the second - meaning two English players scored for Arsenal for the first time since 1997 - and Mikel Arteta getting the third.
"We have a resilience now that we are not going to lose games"
- Kieran Gibbs
And Gibbs has praised the squad's spirit while urging them to maintain the momentum for the final eight matches of the campaign.
"In the past we might have lost some of those games due to lack of concentration, we seem to be sealing victories now," said Gibbs.
"We just have this belief at the minute that we are not going to lose a game.
"Everyone is hungry, we have a group of players who know each other well and they are gelling.
"We have a resilience now that we are not going to lose games. We need to keep that."
The victory strengthens Arsenal's position as they look to seal third spot in the table.
And the run represents an impressive turnaround in fortunes for a club that have gone through difficult periods this season.
"I believe we have to focus on our performance and play for each other"
- Arsene Wenger
Arsenal were 12 points behind Tottenham at the beginning of February but are now in third place and three points ahead of their north London rivals.
But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insists he is not looking too far ahead.
"It is a very successful run and we want to keep it going," Wenger told club's official website.
"We kept the momentum on Saturday with a great start. We came out of the blocks with pace, technique, movement, and I feel in the first 35 minutes we were outstanding.
"It gives us two big wins in a week because when you go to Everton and play Aston Villa at home and get six points, without conceding a goal, that is a fantastic achievement.
"I believe we have to focus on our performance and play for each other, fight for each other, then we have a chance.
"We have come through a very difficult period. We have learnt from that and must keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game."