By Giuseppe Muro

Sebastien Squillaci has called on his team-mates to “keep their chins up and show their mettle” as Arsenal battle for the Premier League title.

Arsène Wenger’s side have recorded just one win in their last six games during a month in which their Champions League and FA Cup ambitions have ended.

But with Arsenal still very much in the race for league success, Squillaci wants the players to show their character during the notoriously gruelling run-in.

“It is a bit of a bad time that we're having but we have all got to get our chins up and show our mettle against Manchester United for the title,” he told .

“That's the remaining target now and we've got to give everything for the cause. Really, it is a case of keeping going and getting the three points, that's the most important thing.

“Look at Manchester United for example, they grind out the wins and that is what counts at the end of the season. So for us, that is the main aim. Bouncing back from the disappointments and getting our chins up, showing that Arsenal is a big club, that can win the title.”

Johan Djourou’s shoulder injury leaves Squillaci one of just two fit central defenders in the first-team squad and he is ready to play an important role from now until May.

“It's fair to say that unfortunately I've not played that regularly and, of course, you're happy when you're playing," he said.

“But the team has been playing well and it's not about me, the main thing is the team wins and keeps picking up the three points, that's all that matters.”

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30 Mar 2011