Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has heaped praise upon his team-mates Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and believes they deserve huge credit for the team's overall improvement.

The Arsenal back-line have gone another season being questioned for some lacklustre performances but with the season coming to an end, the back-four finally seems to have come together, especially the two centre-backs.

Koscielny and Mertesacker have been a solid pairing since club-captain Thomas Vermaelen was dropped by the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich back in March and they have performed so well, they have managed to keep the Belgium defender out of the side.

The Gunners are currently on an eight game unbeaten streak after losing 2-1 to Tottenham in the North London derby and they are also the joint in-form team along with champions Manchester United.

The Polish shot-stopper has regained his first-team spot after Lukasz Fabianski suffered a rib injury against Norwich City and he believes the two centre-backs deserve huge credit for their improvement.

"I think they've been terrific - not only defending very well but also creating goals for us at the other end like they did last week against Fulham," Szczesny told Arsenal Player.

"They're getting the credit they deserve because they work very hard and they're very honest lads. I'm very happy for them and it's much easier to play behind them when they are in that kind of form."

Despite their top-four future being out of their hands, Szczesny is still confident the Gunners can finish above Tottenham and/or Chelsea.

"I'm confident that we will be [in the top four]," he said. "We've got three games. I believe if we get nine points, we should be in a good position to finish in the top four, hopefully in third position.

"At this point of the season, it doesn't really matter who we play because I don't think the game against Wigan will be any easier than the game against Manchester United.

"Wigan are fighting relegation, QPR will play for their pride and Newcastle on the last day of the season is not exactly an easy game as well.

"I don't think it matters who we play but we've sent a message by not losing [to Man United] which makes our unbeaten run a little bit longer. We've sent a message to the teams around us that we are up for a fight."

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