Clichy wants less mistakes
Gael Clichy believes Arsenal just have to improve "small details'' to give themselves every chance of securing the Premier League title.
The Gunners looked to be coasting towards a comfortable fifth straight league win when 2-0 up at West Ham yesterday, only to allow the home side back into the match during the last 15 minutes.
Failure to close out victory at Upton Park was another hard lesson for the young Gunners, who were also caught by a stoppage-time equaliser in their Champions League clash at AZ Alkmaar last week. Full-back Clichy, though, insists the team are determined to cut out such a costly loss of focus.
"We were in control of the game, but it is not enough because we have to win games and stop losing points like this because it is a big disappointment,'' he said. "We have the quality, it is just small details that make the difference and we know that.
"On set-pieces you have to be focused and referee decisions are not in our hands. "The Premier League is really tough - even at 3-0 up you can concede a draw or lose the game.
"That shows you the level of the competition and the teams we are playing against.That is good for English football, but we should have won the game. We do not really care about what the other teams (around us) do. We have to play our game and try to get as many points as possible.''
Despite the disappointment of only leaving east London with a draw, Arsenal are up to third in the league on goal difference ahead of north London rivals Tottenham, whom they host on Saturday, and with a match in hand on both Manchester United and leaders Chelsea.
And French defender Clichy believes Wednesday night's visit of Liverpool in the Carling Cup cannot come soon enough for Arsenal players keen to forget the West Ham game.
"We know what we have done right and wrong,'' he said. "When you make a mistake or have a bad game that the best way to forget it is to play as soon as possible.
"We have a big game on Wednesday in the Carling Cup against Liverpool, so we have to be focused on that and then of course Tottenham is a big derby for ourselves and for the fans.''