Olivier Giroud has urged Arsenal to stay calm in their bid to win the Premier League for the first time in 12 years.
The French striker has scored 12 league goals this season for the table-toppers, who are ahead of second-placed Leicester City on goal difference.
Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to lift the Premier League trophy since the 2003/04 season, but are currently the bookies’ second favourite to claim the title behind Manchester City.
And ahead of Sunday’s clash with reigning champions Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, Giroud has warned his side that they cannot afford to slip up – and has praised his team for reacting well after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Boxing Day.
“I just take the games step by step, game by game, like the team,” the striker told Arsenal player.
“We needed to bounce back after the Southampton defeat and now we are on a really good run.
“It’s a bit of a shame that we conceded a draw at the end of the Liverpool game, but it was a fantastic game for the spectators and it was one of the best games I’ve played in for Arsenal.
“The race is very tight because Leicester City and Manchester City will be fighting as well. We have a bit of an advantage over Manchester United and Tottenham at the moment but they could come back if you lose two games, you never know.
“It’s not original but it’s true that you always have to question yourself. I used to say that football is an everlasting new beginning and that’s like life too.
“Every week you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to give your maximum so that you can win every possible game.”