Mathieu Flamini warns Arsenal they must keep focus in title race

Mathieu Flamini warns Arsenal that they must continue to remain focused following Sunday's draw with Everton

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Mathieu Flamini has warned Arsenal that they must continue to remain focused following Sunday’s draw with Everton.

The Gunners stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points after a 1-1 stalemate at Emirates Stadium, as Mesut Özil’s 80th-minute opener was cancelled out by Gerard Deulofeu’s strike.

Arsenal travel to Manchester City next Saturday looking to keep intact their advantage at the top, and midfielder Flamini stressed the importance of continuing their impressive run of results during a crucial period of fixtures.

“Yes it’s a pretty good position – five points clear, it’s positive,” Flamini told Arsenal Player. “But it’s only the beginning of the championship.

“A lot of games will come and it’s important to win games and not concede goals. It’s important to work hard because we know we are going to play a lot of games and it’s important to stay focused.

“It was a difficult game, we knew it before the game. But I think a draw is not a bad result, especially after the game when we’ve seen a good Everton team create some [chances]. We tried to play our football – I think at the end 1-1 is a good result.

“When you’re winning 1-0 and in the last 10 minutes you concede a goal and they come back to 1-1, then you push and push, you have some opportunities and you don’t win the game, of course it’s frustrating. Football is like that – the beauty of the game.

“But I would say [Everton are] one of the greatest teams we’ve played since the beginning of the season. [Everton are] a very solid team and really good quality also. So it was a tough game, there a bit of frustration but a draw is OK.”

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