After hauling Arsenal up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, and putting them back in contention of UEFA Champions League qualification, Arsene Wenger is confident that if the players can maintain their form, his side will be well positioned to kick-on after Christmas.
The Gunners recorded their fourth consecutive league victory with yesterday's 3-0 win over West Brom - and with nine wins from their last 11 games, it looks as though the north Londoners have turned a corner.
"If we are in a very strong position in December then we have a good chance," confirmed Wenger. "By then, we will have played Man City away, Tottenham away, Chelsea away, Man United away and they all come to the Emirates after Christmas.
"For us to be in a strong position at that stage would be very important."
With a run of winnable fixtures - at least on paper - to come in the month ahead, Wenger has warned his squad against complacency in order to put themselves in the best possible situation come the turn of the year.
"Football is not as rational and mathematical as that," he continued. "I believe in the Premier League you get what you deserve from the quality of your performance. What is good for us is that we look to be becoming stronger from game to game.
"If we can maintain that desire to improve collectively then we have a chance to make results and to come back. That will be down to the quality of our attitude and the quality of our spirit.
"Nobody is guaranteed to be in the top four after 10 games. Nobody has enough knowledge to completely say who will finish in the top four.
"If you look historically we are not too bad [at being] in there. Let's just let everybody else talk and we will play. If we play better and better then we will have a chance."
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