By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal must maintain their focus following their recent "blip" against Wigan to ensure they finish in third place.

Wenger’s side hold a five-point advantage over Tottenham and Newcastle but have played a game more after Monday’s disappointing defeat at Emirates Stadium.

But, with only third place guaranteeing a place in next season’s Champions League group stages, Wenger has called for focus ahead of Arsenal’s final four matches of the campaign.

“We had a little blip twice I believe for mental reasons,” he told Arsenal Player. “Maybe subconsciously we thought, 'Ok, maybe that would be a little bit easier' and if you do not keep a clean sheet against these teams then you put yourself in trouble.

“You give any team in the world a two-goal advantage and it is difficult. Many times we have come back but not always.

“I don't know [how many more wins we need], we just want to win the next one. I believe our target is just that. We have to think that we have been on a great run, we have a fantastic opportunity but we also just need to focus on the next game and win it.

“Only the third place guarantees you to be in the Champions League anyway.”

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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20 Apr 2012