By Rob Kelly
Mikel Arteta says confidence is high among the Arsenal squad due to their impressive form on the road this season.
The Gunners claimed a draw at champions Manchester City on Sunday, while they have also shared the spoils at Stoke and beaten Liverpool.
Arteta - who captained the side at the Etihad Stadium in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen - believes their good away form bodes well for the campaign ahead.
“It is [a confidence boost] because we have already been to three of the toughest places you can go to - Liverpool, Man City and Stoke - and I think we deserved to win all of them,” he said.
“Two of them we drew and one we won but we could have won them all easily. It shows we are doing things in the right way.
“We are training well, the team is organised and ambitious. We want more and more each game.”
Arsenal lie three points behind Manchester United and are level on points with City, and Arteta says they feel they are bridging the gap.
“What we are trying to do is get as close as we can and keep building that belief that we are as good as the Manchester clubs,” he said.
“If we carry on until March or April when it is really tight and hang in there, I think the spirit we have got in this team can get us something.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 24 Sep 2012