Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes his team's slim hopes of winning the Premier League title will be over if they fail to beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
The match at White Hart Lane has similarities with one a year ago when Spurs claimed maximum points as they chased UEFA Champions League qualification, with the result effectively ending Arsene Wenger's chances of finishing top.
Wenger's team need to bounce back this time around after conceding a last-gasp equaliser against Liverpool on Sunday which left them six points behind leaders Manchester United with six games to play.
Szczesny, who returned from a finger injury to face Liverpool, said: "Of course we still believe we can win the title. We still have to play United and they also have to play Chelsea. They will drop points and we believe we're good enough to win every game remaining.
"Tottenham is a very good match for us to come back from a big disappointment and we owe it to the fans because they're very disappointed about what happened against Liverpool. We owe them a result at White Hart Lane.
"The draw was a huge disappointment because with a minute to go we scored what we thought was a winning goal. We're all gutted. It was a cheap penalty to give away whether it was one or not. We needed to win really badly to keep the pressure on United."
Arsenal have been in shaky form since losing the League Cup final to Birmingham City and the only teams they have defeated since are Leyton Orient in the FA Cup and Blackpool. The Gunners' results have opened the door for Chelsea or Manchester City to overtake them in second place, but Szczesny said: "We're only thinking about winning the title, not who is behind us. We go into everything to finish first. We are Arsenal, we don't want to finish second and we definitely don't want to finish third."
Bale has 'got the lot'
It will be Tottenham's first game since Gareth Bale was crowned the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year for his performances this season. Wales winger Bale scored in the fixture last season after a stunning opener from Danny Rose, who has been loaned out to Bristol City this season, but has returned to the club.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is backing Bale to get better with age. "Gareth has got better and better and he has everything to become a world-class player," said the Spurs manager. "He has pace, he can dribble, he can shoot, he can head - he's got the lot.
"Now it's just a question of whether he becomes the world's best left-back or the world's best left-sided player, because he is such a talent that both options are open to him. He still has plenty to learn and he will do that. We have not seen yet everything he is capable of doing. There is a lot more to come from him, even more than we have seen this year."
Bale is desperate to get Spurs back into the Champions League after performing so well in the competition this season and seeing his reputation enhanced after his display against Inter Milan. Tottenham will go level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City if they beat Arsenal again.
"It is important for me to be playing at the highest level and playing against the best players to improve and to test myself," Bale said. "And I think that is the most important thing now for us this season. The Champions League is still wide open for us and hopefully we can get it."