By Rob Kelly
Johan Djourou says Arsenal must harness the momentum they built up in the defeat of Tottenham last weekend to help them during the season run-in.
The Swiss centre back missed the North London derby with a thigh injury but was delighted with the spirit his team-mates showed to come from two goals down and win 5-2.
Djourou knows it is now important for Arsène Wenger’s side to continue in the same vein for the rest of the campaign - starting at Liverpool on Saturday.
“The win against Tottenham was a big lift for the team, we have tough games coming up so we have to take the positives out of it,” he told Arsenal Player.
“The start [to the match] wasn't the best but the ending was perfect so we have to keep that in our heads and keep working.
“We must try to achieve the highest position we can. We had a bit of trouble at the start but overall I think the form is there.”
The 25-year-old says the manner of the derby victory has given the squad a major morale boost and he believes this could prove crucial in the weeks to come.
“Football is about talent but also about whether a player is confident when he plays,” Djourou said.
“When you have a bad result it is a normal thing to ask yourself, 'Am I good enough?'. All these sorts of questions are in your head.
“When you win a game like the Tottenham match it gives you a buzz because you are coming from a down point to a very high point, so it makes a big difference. We need to keep going that way.”
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