By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says there is no such thing as an easy run-in to the season, as there will always be matches that are far tougher than expected.
Arsenal lie one point behind third-placed Tottenham with 10 matches left of the campaign, and some observers believe the Gunners have a favourable run of fixtures to their rivals.
But Wenger says the unpredictable nature of the Premier League means his side should only focus on their own approach, rather than worrying about what to expect from their opponents.
“[Sometimes] there are games that you think will be difficult but they are slightly easier than expected, and sometimes the easy game is harder than expected,” he told Arsenal Player.
“You don't make any plans. The only thing we know is what is needed from us: to be at our best no matter what people say about the situation.
“[It is important] to keep your squad available and keep your spirit, togetherness and teamwork at a very high level. Also you must maintain belief and not tighten up. Be relaxed, focused and determined.”
Arsenal will go into the final stretch in good spirits having won their past five league games, and Wenger is determined to end the campaign on a high.
“We have created the momentum, so let's take care of it,” he said. “Keep the urgency high, the level of commitment high, then momentum can be an advantage for you.”
Watch the full interview with the manager on Arsenal Player.