Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is refusing to look backwards as Arsenal attempt to qualify for the Champions League for a 16th successive season.

Arsène Wenger’s side prised out a crucial 2-0 at Swansea on Saturday to keep the pressure on the top four. It has been a rollercoaster season for Arsenal but Oxlade-Chamberlain has vowed to keep matters simple, rely on his team’s character and never reflect as the tension starts to build in the final few games of the campaign

There are a lot of teams around us who we can’t control. We can only control ourselves and we’ll see what happens at the end

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

“Everyone in the Premier League feels pressure to get results,” he said. “It is part of being a footballer. We have to take that in our stride because we know we have the characters to deal with it.

“The Swansea result is a good start. But we can’t look back, we have to look forward at what we can achieve. That will be important for the run-in. So it is a matter of taking it step-by-step.

“We knew it would be a hard game. But we had to take everything from Wednesday’s win at Bayern and use it in this game.

“We have always had belief in ourselves. Obviously there have been some hard patches. But wins like the one at Swansea affect the confidence in a positive way. We have to take that into the next game and look for three points again.

“It is going to be tough. We just have to stick to what we know. There are a lot of teams around us who we can’t control. We can only control ourselves and we’ll see what happens at the end.”

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 Richard Clarke 16 Mar 2013