Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Wenger warns against complacency

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists there is no danger of complacency as Arsenal look to finish a difficult campaign by securing a top four place in the Barclays Premier League.

The Gunners go into their home clash with Newcastle aiming to close on third-placed Tottenham, who were beaten at Everton, and put distance between themselves and Chelsea, who beat Stoke on Saturday.

Wenger said: "There is no danger of complacency now, like there could have been a little bit in the league last season."

Arsenal have found some consistency in recent weeks, winning four from their last five Premier League games, which included back-to-back victories over Spurs and Liverpool.

Having crashed out of the FA Cup at Sunderland and been unable to overturn a 4-0 first leg deficit against AC Milan in the Champions League, despite the morale-boosting 3-0 home win, Wenger knows his men must retain focus if they are to stay the course.

"As a group, we have learned from what happened at the end of last season - you learn from every disappointment," said Wenger, who saw the previous campaign quickly unravel following a shock defeat in the Carling Cup final to Birmingham at Wembley.

"The team knows, subconsciously, that to finish in the top four this season requires fantastic fight, whereas maybe that was taken for granted towards the end of last year. That is the difference - this year we know we have to fight to get in there."

Wenger added: "There is no danger of complacency now, like there could have been a little bit in the league last season. We know that we have a massive task in front of us in the Premier League

"We set ourselves the target of going right until the end of the season and take it game by game. I believe that we have been very consistent in the last 18 or 19 games.

"We have created a momentum with our last few wins, but we want to keep that going. because it is fragile at the top."