By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is not surprised that Arsenal are in a fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The Gunners are locked in a battle for a Champions League berth with Aston Villa and Everton and will leapfrog Martin O'Neill's side - for 24 hours at least - if they beat Blackburn at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Eyebrows have been raised at Arsenal's failure to cement their place among the 'Big Four' but Wenger insists that his team's predicament is not so rare. After all, Arsenal only qualified for the Champions League on the final day of the 2005/06 campaign when they beat Wigan in the last ever game at Highbury to pip Tottenham to fourth place.

"It is not the first time," pointed out Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

"It is the first time people have spoken about it but remember in 2006 we only got fourth place in the final game of the season.

"We are used to it, it is not miraculous. Aston Villa have spent a lot of money, they have a good team. It is not surprising that there are some other teams challenging for that spot."

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