Wenger concedes fight for top four will be difficult

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side are in a tough battle to finish in the top four at the end of the season, arsenal.com reports. The Gunners drew 0-0 against Bolton on Wednesday and left themselves five points away from fourth placed Chelsea.

Wenger’s side are seventh in the table, but a victory over struggling Blackburn on the weekend will lift the Gunners to within two points of Chelsea. The Blues play Manchester United on Sunday and Arsenal will be hopeful the reigning Premier League champions can pick up a victory and do them a favour. Wenger remains confident that his side can get back into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

The Frenchman said: ‘It is a big fight for fourth but the fact that there are more teams involved is not too bad. We have of course to focus on the game on Saturday and win our home game. Once we do that we can have a good weekend. We produced a good game – when you play away from home and you create six or seven chances like we did you can not demand much more.’

Wenger was unhappy with how wasteful his side were in front of goal and called on the Arsenal strikers to have a relaxed attitude in front of goal. The Gunners have Robin van Persie in good form, but doubts over the rest of the forwards’ ability to score goals have been questioned. Theo Walcott’s form has dipped, along with Andrey Arshavin, and Gervinho does not score as many as he ought to.

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