Arsène Wenger has underlined the importance of consistency during the run-in to the season - but stressed there is still a long way to go.

The Gunners lie in fifth place ahead of Saturday’s game at Swansea City, four points behind Chelsea and seven behind Tottenham Hotspur.

Wenger feels his side can take confidence from Wednesday’s victory at Bayern Munich and use it to their advantage during their final 10 matches.

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 “I always believe we have the quality to be in the top four,” he said. “Ten games is a long way to go and it is down to consistency.

“The away games will have a vital part of our final position. Saturday is a big away game so it is important we prepare for it.

“If you ask any club, the first priority would be to be in the Champions League. For us, it is the same. It will be our main focus and if we can do it again, that is our target. It will give us a chance next year to fight at the top level.”

With Tottenham and Chelsea still in the Europa League, Wenger says his side will be ready to take advantage of any domestic slip-ups.


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“As long as you are in these competitions you are focused and the focus is natural,” he said. “The only thing we can hope is that they drop points and we don’t. But we cannot influence all of that.”

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Rob Kelly 15 Mar 2013