By Rob Kelly

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal will maintain their momentum until the end of the season to ensure they don’t waste their chance of finishing in third place.

The Gunners are two points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham and have a game in hand on their rivals - against Wolves on Wednesday night.

And Arteta says it is essential for Arsène Wenger’s side to keep their focus as the campaign nears its climax.

"Third place gives you direct access to the Champions League,” he said. “It's really important. It's been a big fight; we have come all the way through from the back.

"We've put in a big effort, we are in a strong position now and we don't want to waste it. We had a setback at QPR and it says a lot for our spirit that we came straight back.

"Everyone was saying we were in trouble again because Newcastle look really strong, Chelsea have been winning and I'm sure they'll be there until the end.

"It will be a big fight and I think it will go right until the end. There are some big games ahead. Everyone must play each other; we've got Chelsea here and have got to go to Stoke so it can change again.”

Arsène Wenger’s side may be favourites to beat bottom of the table Wolves, but Arteta says they must be at the top of their game if they are to win at Molineux.

"I don't think it will be easy,” he said. “We have some good examples this year when we have dropped points against teams near the bottom.

"We have to go there with the right mentality and the right approach and sense of pride. When you're playing away from home there are no easy games in the Premier League.”

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10 Apr 2012