Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, has told his team-mates that they need to maintain their current form in the season run-in to ensure they achieve a top-four finish.

The Gunners are currently hitting form just at the right time of the season as they battle with their London rivals, Chelsea and Tottenham for a top-four finish.

After beating Reading 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal's impressive form continued as they have now won six out of the last eight Premier League games, drawing one and losing the other.

After Chelsea's loss to Southampton at the weekend, Arsenal closed the gap between themselves and their London rivals.

The Gunners are currently sitting in fifth just two points behind Chelsea who are in fourth. They are also just four points behind Tottenham, who sit in third, but they also have a game in hand over their North London rivals.

As for Giroud, he took his tally to 16 for the season after scoring the third on Saturday and he is hoping that his team-mates can keep up their impressive form in the remaining eight Premier League games.

“Yes, we are playing well,” he told “We succeed to score lots of goals.

“We need to be more concentrated when we are defending, because we need more clean sheets because we dominate the games. We want to be ambitious and keep our focus.

“We want to dictate the games. We are confident. We are used to finishing the Premier League season well. And again this season we will do the same.

“There are eight games to play and a lot of points to play for. I trust in our qualities. So I really think we can make fourth and maybe even third place if we continue to play like we did today.

“We take the games one by one. Spurs have to play against Manchester City and Chelsea so it's hard games for them.

“But every game is difficult, we can see [on Saturday] that Chelsea lost in Southampton. We have to keep focused, concentrated and strong.”

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