Wenger confident of top four finish for Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he has the belief in his players to force themselves back into the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season ahead of their rivals, The Guardian reports.

The Gunners head to Sunderland this weekend following a 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday, which was their first league win of 2012. A minor blip over Christmas seems to have been eradicated and now Wenger’s men sit three points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Arsenal have not been in the best form this season and a trip to a rejuvenated Sunderland could cause an upset.

Wenger has called for his players to keep their heads and concentrate on amassing points, so they can finish in the top four by the end of the campaign. The Arsenal manager said: ‘We have a good spirit and desire within the group – and we have quality. We know that with the position we are in we need an exceptional consistency, so that is the challenge we have in front of us at Sunderland’.

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has also echoed the sentiments of his manager, stating that the club believe Saturday’s win will spur them on this season. The Gunners face AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League next week and Rosicky could be in with a shout for a start after playing three of the last four games. Arsenal will be looking to go as far as they can in Europe, as well as maintaining domestic focus for the league and FA Cup.

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