Campbell: Arsenal making own luck

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Sol Campbell believes the nature of Arsenal's recent revival will breed self-belief amongst the squad, and puts their rich vein of form down to a collective resilience and determination.

As the Gunners enter the final stage of the season, Arsene Wenger's players set a new Premier League record by coming from behind to win four consecutive games - a result of being bolder in their approach on the pitch.

"The lads have shown a lot of spirit," Campbell told Arsenal Player. "You have to get a bit of the rub of the green, but that tends to come when you start being bolder on the pitch.

"Gamble on your skill, gamble in the box, gamble in thinking, 'I am going to try this'. Start gambling your talent, basically. The more you bust a gut to win, the more you are going to see the crowd feed off that.

"You make your own luck, and against Newcastle there was a little deflection for the winning goal and the ball came to Vermaelen. But he was there because he busted a gut to get into the box."

Last-gasp victories against Liverpool and Newcastle has propelled Arsenal back within touching distance of Champions League qualification this season, and has allowed them to close the gap on third placed north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to just one point.

Their upturn in form not only bodes well for the immediate future, but according to Campbell it could also benefit the club's long-term prospects, providing the players maintain their focus and continue to work hard on their game both on and off the pitch.

"Hard graft and talent go hand in hand," he continued. "There are not many top players around the world who don't work on their skill.

"Everyone likes to have a great time but it is about realising 'I want to win the league or the cup, so I have to knuckle down here'. You have to make sure you don't waste your career and actually work hard and be a part of history.

"That level of confidence and class is what they should be aiming for all the time. Sure, sometimes you won't reach that level but you have to work out how to grind out a result, or shut the game down. That is a learning curve.

"Robin van Persie is flying and banging in goals left, right and centre. Everyone is starting to gel and realising what it means to play for Arsenal."

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