By Joe Brewin

Tomas Rosicky says Arsenal will do everything they can to secure a top-four finish, stressing that the season is a marathon not a sprint.

Rosicky was part of the team that battled to a welcome win over Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and earned plaudits for his display in the absence of Aaron Ramsey.

The experienced Czech Republic captain knows more than most about the demands of a long campaign and believes it’s far too early to write off Arsenal.

“It was a very difficult start for us but the season is very long and I don’t feel it is impossible for us,” said Rosicky. “In this league, every game is very difficult and you have to fight very hard.

“Arsenal is a great club that always has to play for the top four. Even if we started badly, it must still be our aim.

“We need to start something positive. I think that’s what we have started already - we had some solid results at home and that is the base. In this league everything must be built on your home form so that is what we are doing right now.

“Sometimes it takes time,” he added. “When five players come in, in one day it is never easy. We have to get used to each other – and all of them are showing they are good players.

“It will be better and better when we gel more together.”

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17 Oct 2011