By Declan Taylor

Mikael Silvestre believes that next season’s title challenge can start at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s defeat against Chelsea means that the Gunners will definitely finish fourth in the Premier League this season and will have to qualify for the Champions League proper in August.

Some could argue that the season is effectively over now and Arsenal have nothing to play for in their final two games of the campaign. Not Silvestre.

The ex-Manchester United defender thinks that victories at this stage of the season, especially against next season’s potential title rivals, can only help the 2009/10 League tilt.

“Saturday’s game at Man United is a good chance to prove to ourselves that we have got what it takes to fight and be on top of the league for next season,” Silvestre said after Sunday’s defeat.

“All the players now have to fight for their spots and show the boss they deserve to be there and have the will to defend Arsenal's colours.

“It is always a game to look forward to. It will be tough going back there. We need to play like we started against Chelsea and make sure it goes our way when it is about scoring goals.”

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11 May 2009