Arsenal move into top-four after 3-1 victory over Norwich
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has asked his men to remain steadfast and hold their nerves if they want to acquire Champions League action for next season. In spite of an abysmal start to the season, Arsene Wenger has once again managed to bring Arsenal into the top-four of the Premier League.
The Gunners are now in a strong position to clinch a top-four spot, although Chelsea is breathing down their necks only a point away and they are drawn on points with fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal climbed over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur following a crucial 3-1 victory over Norwich City on Saturday. Since Chelsea has a game in hand, in contrast to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, the battle for the fourth spot on the Premier League table should be between Arsene Wenger’s men and Andre Villas-Boas’ side.
Arsene Wenger claims his side in not worried about their current position, but in fact are drawing all attention towards their form. Arsenal are currently on a hot streak which has seen them win all four of their last games.
“At the moment the position is not important,” Arsene Wenger said. “What is important is to keep our run going. At the moment the team that is the most consistent that will get there. We have the most consistency.
“Finishing in the top four is a question of nerve. Today was a balance of nerves, quality and intelligence. We didn't do anything stupid when we were 1-0 down. That side of the game is important.
“We need spirit and nerves. In the end we deserved the win. Credit to Norwich, they played well. They will not go down. They defended well, they gave us problems. We showed absolute resilience.”
Arsene Wenger admitted he was relieved to see Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott return from injury. Jack Wilshere has arrived from his nagging ankle injury and Theo Walcott from his groin injury.
“Wilshere worked hard,” Arsene Wenger continued. “He's in full training, and he and Walcott only got back into full training this week. We thought he had enough to play an hour. I wouldn't not have pushed him if Rosicky was available. I didn't want to restructure the team, so I put him in.”
Arsene Wenger reserved special praise for Lukas Podolski and dismissed speculation suggesting the German forward was on the verge of calling quits at his career in Arsenal.
“Podolski is a luxury we have, as are Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,” Arsene Wenger added. “It's very helpful. Look how we played when he came on. As soon as you have a player who doesn't play for three games, there are stories in the paper.”