Arsène Wenger would be delighted to compete in a play-off for third place in the Premier League if it was required.

Of course, the Arsenal manager is completely focused on Sunday’s game at Newcastle, where a win would guarantee a top-four finish.

However, third-placed Chelsea are still within range. Should they draw at home to Everton and Arsenal win by one goal but score two more than the Stamford Bridge side then their Premier League records would be exactly the same.

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Competition rules state that if this happens in key areas then a play-off match must take place. Wenger is open to the possibility but, understandably, does not want it to draw attention away from the primary aim on Sunday.

“I would fancy it,” he said. “But a play-off exists only if win the game [at Newcastle]. So let's win the game and see what happens.

“The biggest task is to win the game and not speculate too much on what happens after because the first compulsory thing we face is to win the game on Sunday.”

Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 17 May 2013