Arsenal have only conceded two Premier League goals at home since 22 September in a stunning run of defensive solidity that has formed the back-bone of their title challenge.
It’s a state of affairs which satisfies centre-back Laurent Koscielny who has urged his teammates to continue their collective attitude towards defending ahead of a tough run of fixtures.
“The team needs all the players on the pitch to do their defensive job,” Koscielny told Arsenal Player on Sunday evening after the club’s latest 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.
“It’s very important because if you want to win, it’s easier when you concede no goals.
“I think the defenders hate to concede a goal so we work hard to keep clean sheets and we did well today. We need to continue to work hard like this for the other games.
“February is a very important for us,” continued the France international as he eyes games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
“But the season is long and the other teams will play against the teams who try to win the league so it’s a long [season] and too early to say if we can win the title.
“It’s the team who will be the most consistent in the league [that will win it]. We will see but February and March will be very important for us.”
Fingers crossed we can keep the Mertescielny partnership intact over the coming weeks, as club statistician Josh James revealed last night Arsenal are unbeaten in each of the last 31 league games in which both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have completed the 90 minutes.
That’s an amazing record.
Meanwhile Wojciech Szczesny, keeper of 11 Premier League clean sheets this season, says he may make an exception and watch this evening’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Revealing that he’s not usually that fussed about watching other teams the player explained: “I try not to watch games at home. I try to focus on my own football and my own team. I don’t watch football very often.
“If it’s a big Champions League game then I watch it but Premier League… not really. Of course we know it’s a big game for the table, we know that Man City have had a fantastic record at home so they will be favourites. I might make an exception and watch this one at home.
“But it doesn’t really matter who’s top right now. Of course we’re there now, it might change [on Monday] but what we care about is who’s going to be at the top at the end of the season.”