Belfast Telegraph

Wenger focused on beating Baggies

Arsene Wenger maintains there should be no need for Arsenal to worry about what the Tottenham and Newcastle scores are on Sunday as they look to beat West Brom to win the race for third place.

The Gunners head into the final game of what has been an extraordinary Barclays Premier League campaign with destiny somehow still in their own hands. Arsenal opened the door to their rivals in the battle to secure automatic Champions League football following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Norwich at Emirates Stadium last Saturday.

However, they remain in the driving seat and Wenger insists he will not have one ear on the games at White Hart Lane or Goodison Park. He said: "It can happen that we will have to look, but normally I never do that. We want to win our game and if we do that we don't need to listen to anybody."

Wenger continued: "I was [deflated after the Norwich game] because it was the first time in a long while that we did not have our fate in our own hands. You don't like that to happen.

"With the results we made on Saturday, that is what happened and in fact the other teams did not take advantage of it.

"That is why it is back in our hands and of course it is a big lift for us, because for a long time [earlier in the season] it was not."

Wenger, though, accepts Arsenal cannot afford any more defensive frailties like they displayed against the Canaries, who were 1-0 down after 65 seconds but went on to lead at half-time and then snatched a point through Steve Morison's late equaliser after Robin van Persie's brace had turned the match around.

"We were focused and switched on in the last couple of weeks," the Gunners boss said.

"At Stoke we had a good game and offensively against Norwich we had a good game. Defensively, though, we had not the expected level.

"Maybe we were focused too much on winning the game and forgot that to win the game you need to defend as well."

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