Mikel Arteta remains adamant that Arsenal can still be crowned Premier League champions, saying the "prize" is "not too far" for his side after beating Newcastle 2-nil on Sunday.
A Martin Odegaard strike and Fabian Schar’s own goal were enough for the Gunners to avenge their loss against the Magpies last season which saw them miss out on a spot in the Champions League.
The result ensured that Arsenal amassed 80 points, one point behind Manchester City who have a game in hand.
Asked in a press conference if his side made a statement to City with Sunday's win, Arteta said: "That we are there, that we want to keep digging.
"The prize is there, not too far. The only thing we can do is keep insisting and not turn our backs and lose focus on something else.
"Be determined every single day. Let’s keep going and see what happens."
The Spaniard went further to express his satisfaction with his side's strong display at St James' Park where they were beaten 2-nil in the previous campaign.
"The word to describe it is pride," he added. "When you have question marks you have to resolve it the right way and when you have the emotions you had last year in the dressing room, you have to make sure you have them again.
"When you remember how nasty and unpleasant they were, they [Newcastle] have to feel it. IT wasn’t enough just to talk about it...
"You don’t have to be a genius to understand how painful it was.
"The word was pain and then revenge and they had that in their bellies."