Arsène Wenger admits there will be some nerves ahead of Sunday’s final game of the season at Newcastle - but he insists his side have the experience to cope with it.
Arsenal moved back into the top four on Tuesday night after a thrilling second-half display secured a 4-1 victory against Wigan Athletic.
With the scores locked at 1-1 at half time, the Gunners dealt with the pressure to score three times in eight minutes - and Wenger says this bodes well ahead of the weekend’s match.
“It was dramatic because it was a difficult game,” he told Arsenal Player. “We had a good start and then in the final 20 minutes of the first half we didn't play with enough drive going forward.
“They came back into the game and it was a huge blow for us [when they scored], you could see it affected the team at half time. When we came out in the second half we were a bit edgy and Wojciech made an important save at 1-1. When we scored the second it became a comfortable win afterwards.
“There will be nerves again [at Newcastle], but we have dealt with nerves for a long, long time now. It is natural of course, because it shows that [the players] care but this team is on an exceptional run and has an exceptional spirit.
“We have 70 points, the target is 73, so let's just go with the spirit and desire we have and I think we can do it.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 May 2013