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Arsenal were not at their best against Chelsea - Sagna

Bacary Sagna has admitted that Arsenal were not at their best during their draw with Chelsea on Saturday but believes a third-placed finish is still in their hands.

The Gunners spurned chances in front of goal and struggled to get their fluent passing game going against the Blues but the draw keeps them seven points ahead of Chelsea and three ahead of Newcastle, albeit having played a game extra.

Sagna accepted that Arsenal's destiny remains in their hands but admits competition for Champions League places is fierce in the Premier 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.

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"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 added.

"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."