Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal remain well positioned to compete for the title after coming through their difficult run of February fixtures.
The Gunners beat Sunderland 4-1 on Saturday with a free-flowing performance that leaves them one point behind Chelsea with 11 games to go.
Sagna was pleased with the display and feels Arsène Wenger’s side are well placed heading into a challenging March.
We want to finish first, we want to be successful and we have to make a lot of effort to realise our dreamBacary Sagna
“We wanted to win because we hadn’t won [in the league] for a long time,” Sagna told Arsenal Player. “We managed to score four goals and we wanted to keep a clean sheet - we didn't but we took the three points, which is the most important thing.
“As soon as we started the game, [our aim was] to try not to concede a goal first, to be solid and put the other team in a difficult position. I think we did everything properly, everyone worked really hard and we were rewarded.
“We wanted to finish [a tough run of fixtures] well. Unfortunately we were disappointed because we wanted to win every game, but that's football.
“We have to learn and look forward because we're still one point behind Chelsea. We want to finish first, we want to be successful and we have to make a lot of effort to realise our dream.”
Sagna played at right back, left back and as a centre back on Saturday, and says he was just happy to help out the team.
“I was looking to play centre half but that's what happens when you have such bad injuries,” he said. “I'm delighted because the whole team defended well until the end.
“Even if at the end of the game we were a bit tired, we didn't stop making an effort. As I said before, it was really important to take the three points.”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 24 Feb 2014