Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal must "treat every game as a cup final" if they want to beat rivals Tottenham to a Champions League spot.
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Spurs currently sit fourth in the Premier League with their north London neighbours sitting in fifth, four points behind but with a game in hand.
Arsenal have built up momentum in recent weeks with a victory away to Swansea before the international break, as well as a confidence-boosting win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Andre Villas-Boas' side, meanwhile, have seen their good form slip with back-to-back league defeats to Liverpool and Fulham and a 4-1 Europa League loss at Inter Milan sandwiched in between.
The recent change in fortunes for his side has left Ramsey optimistic of a place in Europe's elite competition next season. However, he accepts that they have to be at the top of their game from now until the end of the current campaign.
"We are coming to the stage now where we need to treat every game as a cup final," he told Sky Sports News. "We need the points and hopefully we can do that.
"We have done well and got some points when others dropped them a couple of weeks ago so hopefully we can continue doing that and have a similar result as we had last season."
A 5-2 victory against Spurs in February of last season helped kick-start Arsenal's campaign that ultimately saw them overhaul their rivals and claim a Champions League spot.
The third-placed finish ensured Wenger kept up his impressive record of qualifying for the Champions League during every full season that he has been at the club and Ramsey does not want to be part of the first Arsenal squad that brings an end to that run.
"It is massive for us to be in the Champions League and be in a competition where you are competing against the best teams in Europe," he said.
"Since Arsene Wenger has been here, none of the sides have failed to qualify and so we do not want to be the first."