Shkodran Mustafi has warned his Arsenal team-mates not to get too carried away following Saturday’s 3-2 win over Swansea at the Emirates Stadium.
The result sees the Gunners move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table after making it six wins in a row in all competitions.
Two goals from Theo Walcott and a Mesut Ozil strike secured the points despite Arsene Wenger’s side being reduced to 10 men after Granit Xhaka was sent off with 20 minutes to go.
Arsenal have a relatively kind fixture list ahead with games against Ludogorets, Middlesbrough, Reading and Sunderland to come but Mustafi says they must keep their focus.
“I think there’s no point in thinking too far ahead,” he told the club’s official website. “We just need to think day after day and game after game.
“We’re going to have a tough game on Wednesday as well, so we have to be prepared for that game. Sometimes when you think too far in the future, you forget about the present and then you lose points. That’s what we don’t want to do.
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“When I came here, the people told me that you only have tough games in the Premier League, and it was one more for us, but in the end one more win.”
Mustafi also praised his side for the way they coped following Xhaka’s dismissal, grinding out victory despite being a man down.
“That’s part of the game. We had to deal with it,” he added. “If you want to stay up there in the table, you have to know how to manage the situations as well. I think we did it well. We could have done it better but in the end we did our job
“I’m happy for the supporters as well. They come to celebrate, if you give them three points, three goals, they are happy. I think they deserve to be happy.
“It just shows you that the Premier League is really difficult. It doesn’t matter who you’re facing, you have to be at 100 per cent to get the three points out of the game.”
Mustafi’s comments will be welcomed by supporters who will be hoping their side can maintain their current form and focus to put them in a strong position ahead of a testing November which brings games against Tottenham, Manchester United and PSG.