By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is still confident that Arsenal will book their place in next season's Champions League.

With 12 Premier League games remaining the Gunners are six points adrift of Aston Villa, the team currently occupying the fourth and final qualifying spot in the Premier League. Chelsea are seven points ahead of Arsenal while second-place Liverpool are 10 clear of Wenger's side.

The Frenchman cut a frustrated figure last Saturday after watching his side fail to break down Sunderland at Emirates Stadium. A victory would have left Arsenal just four points behind Villa but, despite squandering that chance, Wenger believes his players have the attributes to overhaul at least one of the teams above them.

"In football, nothing is unthinkable, but I am confident we will make the Champions League," said the manager.

"There are 12 games to go, if we keep our consistency, spirit and attitude, and our focus, we will make it.

"We have built a very young team, which is unbeaten since the start of November. Let's keep doing that and continue to improve, keep our spirit and we will have a great spirit at Arsenal Football Club.
I never consider failure.

"If you look at the fixtures, there are a few teams who have difficult fixtures. It is down to us to be consistent. We have 36 points to take, so let's not speculate too much on the weakness of any other team. If we win our games, we will be there."

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27 Feb 2009