Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal had to mentally push themselves as they secured their first win of 2018 beating Crystal Palace 4-1 at the Emirates.
The France international, making his first appearance of the new year, scored the Gunners third goal of the afternoon as they raced to a four-goal advantage inside 22 minutes.
The win temporarily closes the gap on the top four to five points ahead of a ten game hiatus in Premier League action.
Speaking to after the game, Koscielny noted that the three points will help build confidence in the camp.
“It was very important because the last few games we didn’t play well and didn’t get the three points, and we didn’t give as much as we need to, to win games,” he told Arsenal.com.
“Today we were focused on what we want to achieve together, we know we have the quality technically and physically but mentally we needed to push ourselves more. We just had one target and that was to win, and the first half was very good.
“In the second half we were not efficient, we lost a lot of balls and we didn’t play well but we kept the win. Today was important for our confidence and confidence comes with results and wins. So today we are a little bit more confident than last week.
“Without sacrifice on the pitch, the defensive runs and offensive runs give solutions to your team-mates. If you don’t keep this you can’t win in the Premier league so we need to keep this.”