By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is refusing to get carried away despite seeing his side move into the top four after securing their third consecutive Premier League win.

The victory came courtesy of Mikel Arteta’s second-half penalty at Wigan on Saturday lunchtime. It followed on from Monday’s 5-2 win at Reading and the 2-0 success over West Brom before that.

Tottenham’s failure to beat Stoke a few hours later allowed Arsenal to move back into the Champions League places. It all adds up to a satisfying 10 days for Wenger but he is keeping level-headed.

“Let’s not go overboard,” he said. “As much as we should not be too depressed when things [don’t go right], we now need to keep our feet on the ground.

“I always said the group was very good mentally and that would come out in the end.

“Our game is based on movement and technical quality, that demands confidence. It is important we have that.

“We knew this was a game we had to win if we did not want to be caught back. In the end the will was there to win it and in the season it is important to win in this kind of game.”

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22 Dec 2012