By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger says his team have one advantage in the race for third place - their destiny lies in their own hands.
With two games remaining Arsenal lead Tottenham and Newcastle by a solitary point after their rivals won at Bolton and Chelsea respectively on Wednesday night.
Chelsea's run to the Champions League final means that fourth place may not be enough to secure qualification for next season's tournament so the pressure will be on when Arsenal welcome Norwich to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Wenger believes his players can deliver.
"What we learned from Wednesday night is that Chelsea is in a very difficult position to get back into a Champions League position, other than through the final. therefore third place becomes vital," he told Arsenal Player.
"You want to win the last two games to make sure. We have one advantage - we have our future in our own hands. Let's just play our football, that's the only way to deal with it. Play our game, focus like we did at Stoke and get the points."
Arsenal fought hard to earn a draw at the Britannia Stadium last weekend and Wenger was pleased with the resolve his players showed.
"I felt that we needed commitment because Stoke gave us what we expect when you go there," he said. "It was [like] a cup game. We stood up and overall I feel on the chances created we could have won the game. But also Sagna saved a goal in the last second of the game that could have been disastrous for us.
"Of course we wanted to win the game, but it could prove to be a vital point."
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