By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says Arsenal have shown they belong with Europe's best - and that's why a top-four finish is imperative this season.
The Frenchman saw his side take a big step towards securing Champions League football with a 1-0 win over title contenders Manchester City on Sunday.
But with four teams chasing two qualification spots and just four points separating them, Wenger knows that there is work to be done before Arsenal get what they want.
"It [a top-four finish] is very important to us," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "It has a big meaning for us because we want to play at the top but also because of where we came from, that would be a great achievement for us.
"This team has gone through difficult times but we know that we belong with the best and we have shown that again on Sunday. That is why it is important that we continue to go in a strong way.
"It is very intense. The closer you get to the end and you go for something important, the more the pressure is there. So to keep your nerve is vital."
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