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Wenger targets third spot

May 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has his sights set on third spot in the Premier League after watching his side hammer the final nail into Wigan's relegation coffin.

Arsenal celebrate after Lukas Podolski scored against Wigan after just 11 minutes
GettyImagesArsenal celebrate after Lukas Podolski scored against Wigan after just 11 minutes

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The Gunners jumped back into the top-four after disposing of the FA Cup champions 4-1 at the Emirates and, in the process, condemned Wigan to life in the Championship next season.

But as soon as Aaron Ramsey completed the scoring for the home side, then Wenger was plotting to steal third spot off Chelsea.

However, should results align in the final fixture of the season, then the London rivals could be forced into a play-off for automatic qualification into next season's Champions League.

Arsenal sit currently two points behind Chelsea, who have a better goal difference by just one. However, Tottenham, just a point behind Arsenal, must not be forgotten in the top-four equation.

But Wenger is only focusing on finishing the season as high up the table as possible.

"It is all open, but it depends on our result. Even third place is not out of sight if we win the game," Wenger said.

"In every single game until the end, for a long time now, we are in a position where we absolutely want the three points.

"I am confident because we have experience. We play for a long time under massive pressure and we have always found the solutions with the problems that we have faced.

"At the moment, we prepare for next season as well because the way that you play and finish determines the ability to start well next season.

"That is a big part, but bigger is to finish well and that is at Newcastle on Sunday."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.