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Wenger believes Champions League qualification is well within Arsenal's grasp

Wenger believes Champions League qualification is well within Arsenal's grasp

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The north London club go into the final game of the season knowing that victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns will guarantee the club third place and a seat at Europe's top table

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident that his side will secure third place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification on the final day of the season.

A top-three finish in the league becomes particularly important this season because Chelsea are in the Champions League final and should they emerge victorious over Bayern Munich on May 19, there will be only three qualification places up for grabs through league positions. Nonetheless, Wenger remains optimistic about his side's chances.

"We have a massive game in front of us, but I feel we are focused, switched on. I am confident we will do well," Wenger told reporters.

"For us it is just to find the right mixture - to be focused, combative and relaxed, and especially be faithful to play our football like we want to.

"At the end of the day it will be down to playing well, no matter what is at stake."

Arsenal's final fixture is against West Brom away from home in Roy Hodgson's last game in charge of the side before he takes over the reins with England, with the club holding just a slender point advantage over rivals Tottenham in the league.

The Gunners were in a similar situation on the final day of the 2005-06 campaign, when Tottenham missed out on Champions League football after their squad was struck down by a bout of food poisoning, contributing to their 2-1 loss at West Ham and allowing Arsenal to sneak in fourth. Wenger believes such memories are best left in the past.

"It can happen that you have a problem like that," Wenger said.

"[Tottenham] were at West Ham and we were quite down against Wigan - we were 1-0 down."

"I didn't cook that day. If I had cooked, then more of them would have been ill!"

"We will eat here (on Saturday night)."

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