By Chris Harris

Gilberto has warned Arsenal not to slip up against Charlton on Tuesday night if they want to stay on course for a Champions League place.

Arsène Wenger's side began the final weekend of 2006 in third spot but a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United - coupled with victories for Bolton and Liverpool - saw them slip out of the Champions League qualification places.

Arsenal snatched a top-four berth on the final day of last season and competition for a seat at Europe's top table is hotting up again with Portsmouth, Everton and Tottenham also in the frame.

Charlton visit Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in resurgent form since the arrival of new manager Alan Pardew but Gilberto expects nothing less than three points after Saturday's setback at Bramall Lane.

"We have Charlton at home on Tuesday night and it is a very important game for us," he said. "We cannot afford to drop points in this game because we need to get into a better position.

"In the situation we are in every game is very important to us and we cannot afford to lose games like we did on Saturday. If we are not 100 per cent and help each other we will find it hard.

"At the moment it is very competitive for the Champions League places. It is difficult because we are very close with Bolton, Liverpool and Portsmouth. It will be a fight but we need to do the best we can.

"I don't know if it is good or bad to have another game so soon but we have no time to complain about the number of games, we just to carry on, move on and do our best.

"It has been hard for us because we have a lot of injured players at the moment. We have tried to do our best without them and we will see what we can do on Tuesday."



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Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 31 Dec 2006