Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called upon his side to maintain their recent good form and keep in the Premier League title mix over the remainder of the festive period.
The 64-year-old told ITV News: “we want to stay in the race. We have won at West Ham and we go game by game with a big ambition - but we know as well that in the Premier League you always set high standards, and as soon as you drop a fraction, you are in trouble.”
After a 3-1 comeback victory over West Ham on Boxing Day, Wenger will be hoping that his side can pull off another victory against Alan Pardew’s in-form Newcastle United today.
However, Aaron Ramsey is expected to be out for a lengthy period after picking up a thigh injury during the victory over the Hammers.
What with the Welshman being the club’s top scorer this season with 13 goals, an increased burden will be placed on Olivier Giroud, who has not scored since November.
"It is down to consistency and until now we have been consistent,” the Gunners boss continued.
“You are always judged on your last result, but at the end of the day it is down to how consistent you will be."
"We have just had some games that were very difficult because we played against Everton at home, we played in Naples (in the Champions League), we played at Manchester City and against Chelsea, so you know that you could drop some points there.
"But the most important thing is to come back and be consistent, as you would expect from us."
However, a key part of title success is beating the other title contenders, and Wenger’s side have lost 6-3 and 1-0 against Manchester City and Manchester United respectively so far this season.
They also lost to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. Therefore, some pundits are sceptical of the team’s ability to come out on top against their title competitors.
With a particular weakness in the striker department, Arsenal may lose out to free-scoring Manchester City, who have scored 54 goals in the current campaign.
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