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Szczesny content if Arsenal win ugly

By Carl Markham

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny would be happy for another four ugly wins if it means Arsenal secure Champions League qualification ahead of Everton.

The race for the final Champions League place is set to go to the wire and Szczesny insists it does not matter how the FA Cup finalists secure it, so long as they do.

"The energy level was not great after playing 120 minutes (against Wigan at Wembley) on Saturday, but it was important to get three points," said Szczesny, who was back in the side having been on the bench for the semi-final, where Lukasz Fabianski saved two penalties in the shoot-out.

"In the Premier League we had not won in four games, so it was important to get back to winning ways – three points is all that matters at the moment.

"I will take four or five more games like that until the end of the season. As long as we get three points, it does not have to be beautiful.

"Every game is like a cup final for us now and we know we have to get the result every time and wait for Everton to drop points."

Szczesny is confident Arsenal can secure a positive end to the campaign.

"Before the four disappointing results we had recently we were still in the title race, so it has slipped away from us," the Poland international said.

"But it is important for us to fight for the new challenge, which is the top four now. We are confident we are going to do the job."

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