Arsene Wenger says that he is delighted with the way things are coming together for Arsenal, after they thumped Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday to move into second place.
Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all found the net as the Gunners all but extinguished the Reds’ hopes of a top four finish and overtook Manchester City.
Arsenal have scored 62 goals in 31 Premier League games so far this season, and Wenger has praised his side’s “cohesion” in attack, insisting that they can continue to outscore teams between now and the end of the season.
“You smell that we can score goals,” he told Arsenal’s official website. “If you look at the number of goals we’ve scored now, that’s quite good with seven games to go.
“We have a good mentality and good cohesion in the team. There is something happening. That shows you that they are ready to fight for each other. You can see that – you can’t cheat on that.
“That is a good basis, and defensively we are getting better. I think you also have to give credit to players who get less, such as Coquelin. In the first half he broke up many attacks in a convincing way.”
City – now two points behind the Gunners – face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday evening, and Wenger insists there is no point speculating about his side’s chances of finishing above the Premier League champions.
“Let’s give everything to do it and see what happens,” he added. “It’s too to talk about finishing second with seven games to go but we’re in a good position, with four at home and only three away.
“We’re on a good run so I would say that it will be down to how we can maintain that focus and level of urgency between now and the end of the season.
“I’m a competitor and what that means is you have to go as high and as far as you can. When you go home if somebody was better than us, then well done, but we have to have give our best until the end.”