Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told his players that this is the time of the season where they need to remain focused as they look to secure automatic qualification for the Champions League.
The Gunners are currently on a run of seven successive league wins and have now moved above their north London rivals Tottenham into third place.
Should Arsenal remain in third place then they will automatically qualify for next year's Champions League but they must still look over their shoulder with Tottenham returning to form, while Chelsea are also hoping to achieve a top four finish.
Arsenal are three points clear of Tottenham and eight ahead of Chelsea, but Wenger has stressed to his players the importance of the remaining eight games.
"This is the period where what we do matters the most, so we just want to keep our focus on this and not worry about anybody else's results," Wenger told The Sun.
"We have shown both footballing and mental qualities in recent weeks and now we need to continue our development. We are now at the stage of the season where every day in the Premier League seems to have turning points.
"What is most important from now onwards is our consistency and momentum."
Qualifying for the elite European competition will not only help financially, but it will also help Wenger to persuade players to remain at the club and possibly attract new signings in the summer.