Alex Song admits he has been going crazy watching from the sidelines during a two-match ban - and cannot wait to get back into the thick of Arsenal's title challenge.
The race for the Barclays Premier League crown has developed into one of the closest of recent seasons, with only two points now separating the top three, although Chelsea have played a game less.
"It is very difficult to watch your friends when you don't play, but I had confidence in my team. We have the players to come in and do well," Song told Arsenal TV Online. "Now we are in a strong position and we will fight in the games that are left."
Song maintains Arsenal have what it takes to go on and lift a first championship since 2004.
"The mentality has changed for us. Everyone has in their head that we need to do something this year. It is very important for us," he added.
"The manager trusts us to do the job.
"If the referee says we have four minutes or two minutes left then the boss says 'don't panic, be confident and play'. That means if the opposition team drop we have the chance to score.
"If the game is not finished we know we can score at anytime."