Unai Emery has reminded his Arsenal squad they must replicate the intensity they showcased in their recent win over Manchester United if they are to fulfil their objectives between now and the end of the season.
The Gunners moved to within a solitary point of third placed Tottenham before the international break after inflicting a first league defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, prior to overturning a 3-1 first leg deficit against Rennes to qualify for the Europa League quarter finals.
A clutch of youngsters and senior first team stars not selected by their countries flew to Dubai last week for a warm weather training camp which culminated in a 3-2 friendly win over Al-Nasr on Tuesday.
Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Monday night against Newcastle, and Emery admits his side cannot afford to take Rafa Benitezs resurgent outfit lightly.
Its our objective but we know that we have to wait, said Emery after the win at the Al-Maktoum stadium when asked about the race for the top four.
We are working and being competitive each match. Now, in these next eight matches, we need to play with a lot of personality like we did against Manchester United.
We know its going to be difficult because we are surrounded by other big teams but I think we are working very well and we are taking confidence to have chances in the last matches.