By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger has called for Arsenal’s players to fight until the end of the season and “show that they are good enough to wear the shirt of this club”.

Arsenal might have to settle for fourth place in the Premier League. Defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday allowed Manchester City to leapfrog the Gunners into the third and final automatic Champions League place with a victory over Stoke on Tuesday.

Roberto Mancini’s side travel to Bolton while Arsenal visit Fulham on the final day of the season. A win for City will secure third spot but Wenger expects his players to give their all in case their rivals do slip up at the Reebok.

“It is not over and we have to fight until the last minute of the season to show that we are good enough to wear the shirt of this club,” he said.

“What motivates me is the desire to win at what I do, to be strong and successful in what I do. That is what has motivated me my whole life. A man and a player who can take care of the future is a responsible man.

“For us to take care of the future is to absolutely give the maximum [for our chance] of being in the top three. There is no way, at this moment of the season, we can say ‘OK, the season is over’.”

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19 May 2011