After four consecutive wins, the mood in the squad among that of the fans have changed. Top four looked like a far cry before Christmas, but now we are only six points adrift.
Mikel Arteta has highlighted the importance of the upcoming home matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle, while sounding the need for consistency.
“We need to get our home form established, we’ve had some issues there and now it’s time to get some wins.
“We’ve got two at home right now that are going to be key for the future of our season in the Premier League and the team is in great spirits. Obviously, after four wins everything looks better and we’re looking forward to the games.”
He added: “We want to keep that consistency and having the belief that we can go into every game having the feeling that we are going to win it.
“The more games we are able to win the better that feeling is going to be.
Obviously, to start thinking more about the table in a different direction, if you are able to win these matches your mind starts to look in a much more positive way.”
Within the next six weeks, we’ll face the Saints, Manchester United, Wolves, Aston Villa, Leeds, Manchester City and Leicester in the league. There is also the FA Cup fifth round match and a Europa League double-header with Benfica.
Looking at this, one would see the reason for Arteta’s words about consistency.
“I think the next two games are crucial to see the direction that we are taking and to reinforce all the things that we have improved on and the results that we are having recently,” he said. “We will know much more I think after the next two games.”