Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger again stressed the importance of a top three finish ahead of next season.
The Gunners are almost certain to avoid the Champions League play-off stage this summer after Sunday's 1-1 draw away at Manchester United.
And the Frenchman was also delighted with the return to action of midfielder Jack Wilshere and striker Theo Walcott.
"They started stronger than us," Wenger is quoted as saying by the BBC.
"We were not totally in there but in the second half we dominated completely. Unfortunately we couldn't score a second goal but the chances were there.
"It is important for us, compared to last season, to exist in the big games. I think we've done that. We were slow to start this season but I think we've made progress.
"We want to secure second or third and start on the front foot next season.
"[Injuries?] Jack [Wilshere] is now back to a better level. Theo [Walcott] as well. When they score goals that is a sign.
"We have a big squad and we are competitive. It was important to bounce back from defeat by Swansea and finish well."