Arsenal's golden boy wants to turn home stadium into a fortress.
For all of Arsenal's heroic performances earlier in the season: the coming-of-age of Aaron Ramsey, the assisting majesty of Mesut Ozil, the vocal organising of Mathieu Flamini or the defensive cohesion enjoyed by centre backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, it is blatant to anyone who has observed the Gunners this season that Arsene Wenger's team know how to win beautifully.
Their recent displays though, a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in the North and a 2-0 triumph over Cardiff City at the Emirates Stadium, were far from a thing of marvel, but the plaudits continued to be bestowed upon the Premier League leaders. Why? Because they were showing a trait of title-winners - to grind out an ugly victory.
The hectic Christmas fixture pile-up is often cited as the most arduous period in the English football calender, however, for Jack Wilshere - one of the standout performers in the playmaker's role against Cardiff - the hard part is only just beginning.
However, the academy product believes the one area they can improve on can perhaps maintain their commanding position at the head of the division - all they have to do is become stubborn, fearless and near unbeatable at home. They've done it away, argues Jack, all Arsenal need to do is replicate that form at N5.
'This is the tough part of the season - January, February and March - and then it comes into April and towards the end, so we have to focus on ourselves and our own form,' he said, as quoted by the club's official website.
'Our away form has been brilliant, so we have to make the Emirates a fortress.'
On the title race as a whole, he added: 'It’s very open - we saw City win earlier in the day, and then Chelsea and Liverpool also won so we just have to keep winning ourselves. We just have to worry about ourselves, we can’t worry about anyone else. But there is still a long way to go, teams are going to drop points.'
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