Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs is convinced the most united and committed teams will end up finishing the campaign strongest.
Arsene Wenger's side are in three competitions [FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League] in the second-half of the season and have secured eight wins in their last nine matches.
Their latest win was against Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park, a win which saw the north London club move up to third position in the league table, and Gibbs reckons the experience in the squad will help secure a top-four spot.
“It’s obviously the most important time of the season where you get rewards for what you put in throughout the year,” he told Arsenal Player, as the club’s official website stated. “So it’s time to take the opportunity.
“Experience will help, keeping players fit will help and just remaining focused. It’s a long year and the team that can stay together and are the most committed will come out the strongest.
“[The top-four race] is wider [than before] but it was expected. That’s what makes the league so good and it’s why it’s the best league in the world, because we have a lot of good teams.
“There’s always a surprise team. Last year it was Everton. You always have to expect an underdog team, if you want to call it that, to do well. This year you’re experiencing it with more than just one or two teams.
“[Being in three competitions] is good because you just take each game as it comes and you don’t really get time to switch off. The more you’re focused on just keeping your head down the better it is.”