Arsenal were able to climb to fourth in the Premier League table after they beat Southampton 2-0 at the Emirates over the weekend.
First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United following their boring 0-0 draw with Liverpool, but the north London club’s second goalscorer of the day is refusing to get carried away.
“We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play,” Mkhitaryan told Press Association Sport (via BT Sport) after the game.
“The most important is to be focused and to be ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four and nothing will change,” the Armenian attacking midfielder added.
Looking at the big picture, Mkhitaryan’s words are undoubtedly ones his team-mates need to listen to.
Following that win versus Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, momentum is on their side. However, with the form Manchester United have been in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chelsea showing signs of life in their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City, further improvement is needed at Arsenal if they are to succeed in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
With the firepower the Gunners have up front thanks to Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, though, there is reason for supporters to be optimistic, while progression in the Europa League should only add to that.