Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is determined to ensure the club's progress this season is not checked after a disappointing week.
The 6-0 thrashing handed to them by Chelsea was at the weekend failed to yield the response Arsene Wenger craved from his side against Swansea City, as the Gunners limped to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates last night.
Wenger's charges are now six points behind Chelsea in the title race and are now also just six points above Everton, who have a game in hand and host the Gunners in 11 days' time but Flamini is intent on restoring his side's winning mentality ahead of a challenging run which also takes in an FA Cup semi-final.The Gunners had recovered well from going behind to Wilfried Bony's early goal, as Lukas Podolski inspired his side to a quickfire double, scoring and setting up the second for Olivier Giroud but they retreated having taken the lead and were punished when Flamini put through is own net in the final minute.
When quizzed on his side's ability to show their resolve for the rest of the campaign, Flamini told the London Evening Standard: "Yes, I think so because we came back in this game. It was not easy — a lot of the players were tired but we did it.
"The team spirit is still here and we gave a good example because coming back to 2-1, we were holding the result until near the end, so yesterday was a good reaction for the team.
"Obviously, it will be very difficult to win the League now because we dropped three points at Chelsea and another two yesterday. It will be very difficult but what is important is to focus on the next game because we have to get a good result and then we will see."
Flamini, however, refuted the idea that uncertainty regarding Wenger's future at the club was the reason behind such neurotic performances.
He added: "We focus on our season, we focus on Manchester City. Afterwards, what is happening with the coach, it is his future it is not ours."