By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has brushed off concerns about Arsenal finishing outside the top four.

The Frenchman argues that he does not worry about his house burning down on a daily basis so why should he lose sleep over the possibility of his side missing out on the Champions League. He is firm in his belief that neither will happen.

“Finishing outside the top four does not worry me at the moment because we have a very good opportunity to be in there,” he said.

"I am very positive and believe very strongly in my squad - why should we consider all of the negative aspects of the season?

"If I ask you what does it mean if your house will burn down, you will tell me 'why should my house burn down?' That is exactly the same for me.

"I never worry, I try to give my best and put my players in a condition where they believe in their strengths.

"We have a very young team who are doing well, but why should we always face a catastrophe?
"We have all the positive reasons to believe in our future.

"If at the last day of the season, we are not in there, then I will take all of your questions, and [accept] all of my responsibilities.

“I do not want to prove everybody wrong, I want to prove that I am right to believe in my players and in my squad, that is all."

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30 Jan 2009