By Richard Clarke
Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal's new-found away strength could be the missing ingredient in their title bid.
The full back scored the first goal in his side's hard-fought 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday. It was their second victory on the road inside four days and, coupled with Chelsea's defeat against Sunderland, helped Arsène Wenger's side go within two points of the Premier League leaders.
Arsenal have now taken 14 points away and 12 at home in six matches at either venue. In fact the only Premier League defeat on their travels came at Chelsea on October 3 and even then Wenger's men performed well. Sagna knows a travel sick side cannot win the title.
"We know if we want to be successful and competitive, we want to take maximum points away," he said.
"That's what we have missed over the past few years but we know we can win games now, even against big opponents. So we just need to play game after game and give the maximum."
Sagna's strike was a collector's item. It doubled his Arsenal tally in his 147th game for the Club.
"I feel great about it because I haven't scored for a long time and overall it helped the team to win the game," he said.
"Apart from this goal, I think we played well and deserved to win. It was a very difficult game. It is not easy here but if we want to win something, we have to win these kind of games.
"The title race is very tight - we are very close to the top of the league and not far from the opponents. But we need to think about our team and not about the others, play our game and we will see the points total at the end."Copyright 2017 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