Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s win over Everton will be significant in their race for the top four.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky secured a 2-0 success for the Gunners, as they went third and closed the gap on Manchester City in second to just four points.
It came on the back of a dismal Champions League showing against Monaco in midweek, which saw the home side start somewhat nervy against Everton.
And while Wenger admits the display was far from perfect – he refused to play down the importance of the three points.
“You could see we suffered on Wednesday night against Monaco and that was still in our mind but we were patient, that got us a good chance and we got a good win today,” he told BBC Sport.
“We were a bit cautious. We just wanted to do our job and win. I am very happy with the mental aspect of our response.
“With the ball we could do better but the win was the focus today. We just needed the win because the result was very significant for the rest of the season.
“It is tight at the top of the table. It is down to consistency.”