By Chris Harris

Wojciech Szczesny believes a top-four finish is the minimum requirement for Arsenal this season.

The Polish goalkeeper helped Arsène Wenger's side take a big step towards Champions League qualification with an outstanding display in the 2-1 win at Liverpool on Saturday.

Szczesny saved a penalty and pulled off a string of fine stops at Anfield as Arsenal moved clear of Chelsea and their other challengers for a top-four spot. And the 21-year-old will not accept anything less than a place at Europe's top table.

"It is important for everyone at the Club," he said. "This club deserves to be in the Champions League. It is the least you can ask for.

"If we can repeat the performances that we have made in the last few weeks against the likes of Blackburn, Sunderland, Tottenham and Liverpool, if we can keep that spirit then it is all in our hands and we are confident that we can get there."

Liverpool are now 10 points adrift of Arsenal with 12 games remaining and Szczesny thinks it will be difficult for Kenny Dalglish's team to catch the Gunners now.

"It is tough," he said. "I can’t imagine Arsenal dropping 10 points before the end of the season. The way we have played in the last few weeks has shown there is something special about the team.

"It will be very hard for Liverpool but you can never say never."

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4 Mar 2012