By Chris Harris

Thomas Vermaelen is convinced Arsenal will finish in the top four if they live up to the high standards they have set in recent weeks.

Emirates Stadium will host another decisive fixture on Monday night when arguably the season's surprise package - Newcastle United - stake their claim for Champions League qualification.

But Arsenal have seen off fellow top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool in their last two Premier League games and Vermaelen is confident of another positive result.

"We had some good results against Tottenham and Liverpool and if we can play the way we did against AC Milan then I am not worried if we will be top four or not," he said. "If we play that way then we can beat any team. The thing is you have to be consistent and that is not easy in football.

"Newcastle are close behind us of course, but we have a few contenders there. Chelsea are still there, Newcastle and Liverpool.

"They [Liverpool] are 10 points behind now with a game in hand but they are all there and we have to be on the top of our game to fight for fourth and maybe third place, you never know. We can have a lot of confidence after this week with a lot of victories.

"Of course, a club like Arsenal belongs in the Champions League and we will try to achieve that for the Club, for the fans, for ourselves, for everybody. If we play the way we did in that first half on Tuesday then I am not worried about it at all."

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10 Mar 2012