Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal side to maintain their good form when they face Liverpool on Saturday in the early kick-off.
Arsenal have won nine of the past 10 matches in the Barclays Premier League and the manager has not given up hope of an unlikely title win, with his side seven points behind Chelsea having played a match more.
“We have the aspiration to win the next game and that’s quite good enough,” he said. “After that, win the next one.
“Whatever is mathematically possible you have to try to achieve but that doesn’t depend only on us. What does only depend on us in the final run is our performances and our results, so let’s focus on that.
“After that if everything goes for us, you never know, but you can only master your own performances so let’s focus on that and be realistic and continue to earn the right to win the games. That’s what we want.
“You know after the international break it’s always important that you come back and straight away you are on it. I’m not too much in mathematics now. We do that after the game. What is important is just for us to win the game and produce the performance.”
Defeat by Manchester United last time out ended Liverpool’s unbeaten 2015 and was a blow to their hopes of a top-four finish and Brendan Rodgers knows his side can ill-afford to slip up again this weekend.
“Our possession wasn’t good enough in the last game,” the Liverpool manager said. “We were never in position to receive the ball and to press the ball. We need to be technically better.
“We will go there tactically very clear. We need to get something from the game.”
Rodgers is hopeful that Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Adam Lallana (groin) will face Arsenal after pulling out of the England squad, while Raheem Sterling missed England’s friendly draw against Italy on Tuesday with a toe problem, but is in contention. Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard will miss out through suspension.
Jack Wilshere (ankle) could make his Arsenal comeback and Danny Welbeck (knee) may return after also missing England’s trip to Italy, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Abou Diaby played in a friendly victory over Brentford this week and it remains to be seen if they play any part.
Arsenal (from): Ospina, Szczesny, Bellerin, Chambers, Debuchy, Gabriel, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Arteta, Cazorla, Coquelin, Diaby, Flamini, Gnabry, Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky, Wilshere, Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Welbeck.
Liverpool (from): Jones, Mignolet, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Lovren, Manquillo, Moreno, Sakho, Toure, Williams, Allen, Can, Coutinho, Henderson, Lallana, Lucas, Markovic, Balotelli, Borini, Lambert, Sterling, Sturridge.
Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: D Cann, M Perry Fourth Official: M Oliver
Matches between Arsenal and Liverpool have had more hat-tricks than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (five).
There have been eight 90th-minute goals and two scored in the 45th minute in the last 12 BPL meetings between Arsenal and Liverpool.
Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league matches against Arsenal.
Only Manchester United (seven) have won away at Arsenal more often than Liverpool (six) in the BPL.