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Gunners defender admits he and his team-mate were below par against the Blues but is delighted with a clean sheet and feels Champions League qualification is in their hands

Bacary Sagna has admitted Arsenal weren’t at their best during their draw with Chelsea on Saturday but still insists Champions League qualification is in their hands.

The Gunners spurned chances in front of goal and struggled to get their fluent passing game going against the Blues. However, the Frenchman is delighted he and his team-mates were able to keep Chelsea at bay and now hopes they can earn their place in next season's Champions League.

"I think against Chelsea we struggled to pass the ball as we are used to. We weren't with the ball as much and we struggled to create chances," Sagna told the club's official website.

"But at least we did not lose and we kept a clean sheet so we have to look forward to the next game.

"We want to qualify [for the Champions League] and we want to finish third. It won't be easy but we want to do it.

"Everyone wants to qualify for the Champions League. We have Tottenham behind us, Newcastle are not far away. It will be down to us, we have our destiny in our own hands."

Team-mate Kieran Gibbs feels Arsenal must finish the season strongly and not just so they secure Champions League football in the next campaign.

"It has been tight all season. A lot of teams are competing and anything can happen," he told the club's official website.

"We have to finish the season strongly. The way we see it is that if we win our three games then we secure our position. We have three cup finals left to play.

"We shouldn't lose focus now. We have nine points to win, and we have a position to secure for next season. We must do that."

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