By Chris Harris
On the evidence of recent games you might think that Arsenal's players have covered more ground than usual. But you'd be wrong.
Arsène Wenger's resurgent side have seen off Tottenham, Liverpool, AC Milan and Newcastle in their past four fixtures and a feature of those matchwinning performances has been their willingness to win the ball back quickly.
Spurs and Milan in particular struggled to cope when Arsenal pressed them high up the pitch but Wenger, having monitored the statistics, revealed that his team has not necessarily got through more work - just more effective work.
"No [they are not covering more ground] but it is not only about distances, it is about doing it together," he told Arsenal Player. "It is the timing of doing it [pressing] together that is vital, because you can run even more if you don't do it together.
"I believe we put the effort in from the first to the last minute. We don't look at the result, we just want to win.
"We are in a battle until the end of the season and that will be at stake every time. You see that even by doing that [working hard off the ball] the games are very tight and that will be requested until the end of the season."
Arsenal have 10 games remaining in their Premier League campaign and currently hold a three-point advantage over Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. Wenger wants his players to maintain their intensity in every fixture.
"I just think that is what the target is," he said. "Hard or not, you don't even have to think about that. We know what is demanded and when you want to win the game you just put the effort in that is requested."
Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.Copyright 2013 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 16 Mar 2012