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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing his team for what he calls the “big battle” ahead as the Gunners look for a top-four finish while at the same time hoping that Chelsea will slip up.

Currently Arsenal is fifth in the Premiership on 42 points level with Southampton following their third straight league win beating Aston Villa at the Emirates 5-0 Sunday afternoon.

This seasons race for Champions League football next season is the most open contest we have seen for years with Arsenal, Southampton, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool all still in contention.

Wenger said what is important for Arsenal now is to concentrate on winning their remaining games saying: “We’re 11 points behind [league leaders] Chelsea. We want to get as close to them as possible, but at the moment they’re too far for us [to catch them].

“We’re not looking behind, what is important is to look in front.

“It’s a big battle to be in the top four. Everyone has quality and we need to be consistent to be in there.

“We have maybe found a better consistency, that will be very important until the end.

“Let’s show that we can win more and it shows you as well that when the confidence level is higher and when everybody’s back defensively, it makes a difference.”

When talking about the win over Villa Wenger added: “We always looked dangerous when we got their lines and defensively we were sound as well. Overall it is a positive day for us.”