Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal's players aren't looking at the Premier League table - just their next challenge.

The Gunners extended their lead to five points on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against an impressive Everton side. Mesut Ozil gave Arsène Wenger's side the lead before Gerard Deulofeu equalised late on.

Despite that setback it was a positive weekend for Arsenal after Chelsea and both Manchester clubs dropped points, but Jenkinson is not distracted by the gap at the top.

We've got big games coming up but we're definitely not looking at it in an apprehensive way. We look at every game as an opportunity to improve our position in the league

"I think the boys don't really talk about where we are in the league too much if I'm completely honest with you," he said. "We are just trying to take one game at a time and if we do that well then our league position will take care of itself.

"We've got big games coming up but we're definitely not looking at it in an apprehensive way. We look at every game as an opportunity to improve our position in the league.

"You do see the other results and of course we were going into the Everton game knowing we could stretch our advantage. It's difficult because we could have gone even further clear but we're further ahead than we were so it's not been a bad weekend by any stretch of the imagination."

Jenkinson was disappointed to miss out on a seventh clean sheet in eight games but he thinks Arsenal's defensive improvement has been the bedrock for their strong start to the season.

"I think there's good communication between the back five and I think there's a lot of trust in one another and also the midfield as well," he said.

"Everyone's been working very hard as a team defensively. I think that's shown. Offensively we've got the talent to go and open teams up, it's just important that we keep tight defensively.

"We've had a lot of clean sheets lately so obviously conceding on Sunday was a bit disappointing but I suppose you're not going to keep a clean sheet every week.”

Copyright 2014 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 Chris Harris 9 Dec 2013