Gunners march on

Arsenal have continued their excellent run of form by beating Everton 1-0 in a hard-fought fixture at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

Thomas Vermaelen scored the only goal of the game less than ten minutes into the encounter, and the Gunners held firm to make it six straight victories in all competitions.

Arsene Wenger feels his side have regained confidence, and that they are focused to continue their winning streak.

“When the team is very confident you see that many players can score,” he told Sky Sports.

“I felt that the attitude was always very good from the players and the confidence comes from results. We turned a few results around and that creates belief.

“We had a very strong start in the first 20 minutes, 30 minutes, dominating the game.

“We didn’t take our chances and then Everton came back into the game. They became stronger and stronger and we became weaker in the second half, especially. Our link play was not good anymore.

“I felt it was a psychological circumstance. We just wanted to keep the result because it’s so important at the moment. But Everton played very well in the second half.

“For us, when you look at the fixtures you know the games when you’re in danger. To come out of that will strengthen our belief.

“For us it is very simple – we know for every game until the end of the season we have to stay focused. We have gone through a very difficult period and I believe we have learnt from that,” he concluded.

Arsenal have leapfrogged north London rivals Tottenham into third place, and take on Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight