By Matt Fortune
Two points from the last six available may not read particularly well, but Cesc Fabregas insists there is no reason for Arsenal to feel down.
The Gunners sit top of the Premier League, albeit by just one point, and still have European aspirations. However, they are without a win from their last four games.
The doubters are sharpening their pencils as they prepare to draw a line under Arsenal's season, but, speaking after Saturday's late, late show against Aston Villa, Fabregas was in defiant mood.
"I don't think there is any reason to be down," said the Spaniard. "Four weeks ago we were two points behind Manchester United, then we were five points in front. Now we are one point [ahead] but still at the top.
"I don't think that is bad. But we have to be strong and at least [against Aston Villa] we have come back fighting until the end. This is the most important sign.
"When you are so young and if you do not have this spirit, it is very difficult to do something. If a team is weak mentally, you do not come back from these games because everything is against you.
"Maybe it is not the best game of your life, but still you come back and get the points. That means something."
In one of football's old clichés, any successful side is often paid a visit by Lady Luck - in recent weeks, she has been conspicuous by her absence.
"The goals we are conceding are a bit unlucky, own goals, or mistakes," continued Fabregas. "Not because they make a perfect, great goal.
"Sometimes when you look at that it can be disappointing. But we are still at the top and we have to be strong.
"We have to try to be there until the end."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 3 Mar 2008