Arsenal took a huge step towards securing a Champions League spot after they beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, but Unai Emery isn’t getting carried away as he knows the battle for a top four spot in still on.
Goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped the North London club seal a 2-0 win over United on Sunday, as they moved into fourth spot, two points above their opponents.
However, Emery wants his Gunners to remain focused and continue to perform at a high level after registering their ninth consecutive Premier League home win.
"We are positive," the Spaniard told a news conference. "When we were struggling in the table, with more [points] difference, we took balance in our mind.
"And now after this victory, we can be positive but not change our idea. It's about continuing and it's going to be difficult. Our way is that we think game by game.
"We are in two competitions. The Premier League and the Europa League. We are going to play the next [league] match against Newcastle United here in three weeks - that's a lot [of time].
"Our focus now is on Thursday night [against Rennes in a Europa League last-16 second leg].
"We are happy today and we are better in the table after this result, but Chelsea are with us, United are with us and Tottenham also are with us. The last matches are all difficult matches.
"Being consistent is very important. At the moment. I think we are playing with confidence each match and today we showed everybody that.
"We must be calm, be patient, continue improving and we know, like on Thursday, one match can change a lot with one red card, one goal. Controlling emotion is very important.
"Today we worked very well with the emotion during the 90 minutes because they had some chances. We needed our goalkeeper, or centre-backs, our defensive players. Keeping this consistency in our mind is very important."