By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that "consistency" will be the key to Arsenal's pursuit of a top-four finish.
Tuesday night's victory over West Bromwich Albion, coupled with Aston Villa's defeat at Manchester City, left the Gunners just three points behind Martin O'Neill's side in the race for a Champions League place.
Arsenal have not lost in the Premier League since November but Villa have suffered a dip in form as injuries start to take their toll and fatigue sets in after a campaign which started way back in July with the Inter-Toto Cup.
Wenger needs Villa to drop at least three points between now and the end of the season and he also wants to rein in Liverpool and Chelsea during the run-in. However, the Frenchman's aims will only be met if his team keeps churning out the right results.
"It is down to our consistency and our performances," said Wenger.
"Villa are in [the race for a top-four place] and Everton are in it. There is a place for one of the three teams. I believe we will do it, but our target is to catch back on Chelsea and Liverpool because they are not unattainable, not out of reach.
"I believe in our strengths, motivation and quality and that's why I am confident we will do it. It is a marathon season for Aston Villa and that's why I believe the top quality is consistency.
"We are consistent now so let's keep our spirit and determination and we will do it."Copyright 2017 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