Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck says the aim is for the team to accumulate points quickly in January and put pressure on the other sides fighting for a top four place.
Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Liverpool all look likely to battle with Arsenal for a Champions League place next season, with Welbeck suggesting the best thing for his side to do, is put pressure on their rivals.
“The most important thing for us is to concentrate on the next game because we can’t afford to look too far ahead,” the forward is quoted by L24.
“We have just got to make sure that we’re ready for each and every game.”
“We want to be gaining points and put the pressure on the teams around us.”
It’s a case of a number of clubs fighting for fourth place, with Chelsea and Manchester City looking likely to finish second and third while Manchester United have played well to consolidate in third place.
Southampton are currently fourth on goal difference, with Arsenal on the same number of points (33) and West Ham and Spurs both following with 31 points.
Arsenal will be confident because of Arsene Wenger’s track record in terms of guiding the side to a Champions League qualification place consistently since he took over at the club.
However, some Arsenal fans will want to see the side looking ahead at United and looking to put pressure on Louis van Gaal’s team who have clawed their way up the table, despite not playing anywhere near their best.
Welbeck may be suggesting that the pressure can be shifted onto other teams but Arsenal aren’t void of it and Wenger’s biggest challenge over the rest of the season will be preparing his players to deal with the spells where they are under the cosh.
Wenger’s record means Champions League football has become a familiarity for Arsenal and because of that record, they are under as much pressure as anyone else.