Gael Clichy maintains it is about time Arsenal got the results their performances against Barclays Premier League title rivals deserved and not just credit for playing nice football.
The Gunners head to Old Trafford on Monday night looking to keep themselves top of the table, having made the most of Manchester United's postponement at Blackpool last weekend, but it has been four years since Arsenal beat the Red Devils on home soil, and their recent record against Chelsea does not stand up much better either.
"We know that if we win this game we will go four points ahead of Manchester United," the full-back told Arsenal TV Online. "We will try to win the game by playing well, but at the end of the day playing well and losing the game is not giving you anything."
Arsene Wenger's side put on a decent display against the Blues in October, creating several chances before nemesis Didier Drogba struck again and they eventually went down 2-0.
However, that was the only away match Arsenal have lost in the league so far, recording impressive victories at Manchester City, Everton and Aston Villa.
Clichy - now recovered from the virus which forced him to miss the midweek Champions League win over Partizan Belgrade - feels the Gunners must now continue that form and deliver in Monday's televised showdown.
He added: "Okay (playing well), it gives you credit you are a good player and you play for a good side, but at the end of the day if you can be four points ahead of the second place, that is all that matters.
"We just want to win and make our fans proud. We have been training hard every day and will show them we are up for this game."
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