Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged his side to maintain their focus as the race for the Barclays Premier League title hots up.
The Gunners stuttered away at West Bromwich Albion just over a week ago in their last match, stretching the gap behind Manchester United to five points in the table.
With a game in hand, the north London side are well within touching distance though, and Wenger knows that calm heads will be needed as the battle moves towards its conclusion.
“It’s important to keep calm, relaxed and focused. Not to rush your game, not to become too nervous. That’s an important part of it.” the Frenchman told the official Arsenal magazine.
“Every year we have a stronger second half of the season. I think in the last five or six years we have always had a young team, and they grow up during the season. This year that’s happened again."
Wenger, a seasoned campaigner when it comes to title races, beliefs belief and desire will serve to be two vital ingredients in the closing shake-up to the season.
Both will be needed in abundance on May 1st, when Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils visit the Emirates in a game that could be crucial in deciding the destination of the championship.
“You need belief because if you look at what everybody outside was predicting for our team this season, nobody was counting on us to fight for the title. So we are doing better than expected, but now we want to get over the line,” the Arsenal chief continued.
"The main thing that I look for is a desire factor - the desire to get the job done. We only want to focus on our desire, and not any negative ingredient that can interfere with that. I try more to focus the team in that way."
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