February could make-or-break Chelsea's top-four aspirations

Cesar Azpilicueta.

Cesar Azpilicueta has warned Chelsea that February could be a pivotal month in their battle for a top-four Premier League finish.

The frustrated skipper was left to lament another missed opportunity as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Arsenal in west London on Tuesday.

Chelsea will face Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham in a testing February league run, and Azpilicueta admitted Frank Lampard's men must quickly cut out the habit of throwing away points.

"We have missed many opportunities to be higher up the table, so we have to learn from that," said Azpilicueta, with Chelsea still sat fourth in the league.

"We cannot go back and change the results from the last few games. And now we have three important games in front of us in the Premier League that could define our position in the table."