Kieran Gibbs says Arsenal are targeting consistency as they approach a daunting run of fixtures which takes in two games with Liverpool, a Premier League showdown with Manchester United and the first of a Champions League double-header Bayern Munich.
Happy to embrace the Gunners status as title-challenging ‘underdogs’ the left-back touched on the excitement that comes with big games and the belief the squad have taken from a prolonged spell top of the table.
“It is not often you get to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, twice, in less than two weeks,” the 24-year-old told the Daily Mirror.
“It will be great to be a part of it – playing against the best teams in the world. Everyone enjoys the big games and this [Liverpool on Saturday] is just another big game to show what we can go and do.”
“There are 14 games left and when you get to this stage it is about being consistent and whoever can perform the best will obviously win the trophy,” he continued.
“It is February and we are top of the league so you have to have some kind of confidence to think you can win the league. That is the way we want to look at it.
“We have stayed top of the league for a significant part of the season and we are enjoying being top of the league. We are enjoying playing together and that is the most important thing as well.
“I think it is one of the most exciting Premier Leagues that there has been for years and you have to enjoy that and relish it.
“Going in as the underdogs takes the pressure off, but we are not looking at the odds of winning the Premier League. We just want to win the Premier League.”
Echoing the words of his left-back Arsene Wenger said that he and his squad are ready to enjoy the tests ahead having fought very hard to be in with a shout of silverware.
Talking to the press ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game with Liverpool, Wenger reflected:
“We have a tough predicted month. At the moment we are on a good run and the best way is to continue that is to keep the confidence level high and of course to stay in a strong position for the Premier League.
“I am convinced that we are mentally prepared [for the run of games ahead], we’ve have shown a great response throughout the season when we’ve had difficulties.
“Physically we’re prepared as well [although] it depends as well how many injuries you have as we need to rotate. It’s important that we have as many players available as we can. Big injuries now could mean the end of the season [for a player].
“When you’re in a good position to fight for something, the closer you get to the end the more each game becomes vital. In cup games it’s decisive but in the Premier League too every point is important. It’s a massive month for us but as well we enjoy it. We’ve fought very hard up to now to be in this position so let’s just enjoy it and give our best. I’m sure we will.”