By Richard Clarke  

Gael Clichy is not allowing himself to think about Aston Villa right now.

Arsenal failed to close to the gap on Martin O’Neill’s side at the weekend after they were held to a goalless draw by West Ham at Emirates Stadium.

With 14 games left, Villa lie fourth, five points ahead of Arsène Wenger’s side and, though they would be loathed to admit it, many Arsenal fans have half-an-eye on the Midlanders even when their own team are playing.

Clichy, however, is single-minded.

“Personally I don’t think about Villa,” he said. “We know what we have to do and we just have to think like this game after game and see what Villa do.

“They have a good team but we can't wait for them to drop points.

“We have been in the Champions League for 10 years so it would be a big blow for the Club and a big shame for the fans [if we did not make it].

“But the season is not finished so we have to go for it. I am sure we can do it still but we have to work really hard.

“Football is about confidence really and when you have a bad result, then you lose a little bit of confidence and I think that is what has happened. We really work hard in training and I think we played well on Saturday but the final ball wasn’t there. So we have to carry on working because Cardiff will be a big game for us and we have to win this win.”

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2 Feb 2009