By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger is determined to take advantage of Aston Villa’s Stoke slip-up but insists that Martin O’Neil’s men are not the only catchable team in the top four.

Arsenal’s draw against Fulham on Saturday meant that Villa would have moved eight points clear of the Gunners with victory over Stoke on Sunday. Stiliyan Petrov and John Carew looked to have sealed the win but two late goals from the Potters earned them an unlikely point.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion, Wenger admitted that he was surprised by the Villans’ dropped points and declared that his experience of finishing in the top four in all 12 seasons in charge at Arsenal fuels his “desire” to do it once again.

“[The draw was] a very big surprise for me,” he told Arsenal TV Online. “I think that Villa have lost a big opportunity to put us eight points behind and we want to take advantage of that.

“There is more pressure on Villa, on us and everybody. Maybe not only Villa are catchable. We have to put performances in to make us come back as quickly as possible.

“It is down to our consistency I have said that many times. The problem is that in our environment the present situation is definite but life is movement and football moves quicker than life.

“[Being in the top four every season] gives me the desire to do absolutely everything to be in the top four this time.”

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3 Mar 2009