By Chris Harris

Laurent Koscielny paid tribute to Arsenal's sterling defensive display following their latest Premier League victory.

The France international was outstanding alongside Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and matchwinner Thomas Vermaelen as Arsène Wenger's side beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park to move into third place above Tottenham.

And Koscielny insists that the whole team deserves credit for keeping a determined Everton side at bay.

"It is not just the four defenders, it is all the team," he told Arsenal Player. "Robin [van Persie] put in a lot of effort to help us too so all of the team defend and we attack together too. We have to take that into the next game.

"We have had some difficult periods this season but we have some good players and a good team. In football it changes quickly and in three or four weeks we have won. We need to keep that and the most important thing is to keep in the top four."

Arsenal are one point clear of Tottenham and six ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, and their London rivals meet at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Koscielny knows this weekend could be a pivotal one.

"We know Chelsea had an important game against Manchester City [on Wednesday] and their next game against Tottenham so if they lost and we won it was good for the table," he said.

"Wednesday night was good but the most important thing is the next game against Aston Villa. If we win it is very good for us. It is very important, we are very happy but now we want to keep this place. It is important to continue to play well."

Watch the full interview with Laurent on Arsenal Player.

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22 Mar 2012