By Joe Brewin
Arsène Wenger insists his side will do everything they can to claim maximum points from their final three matches of the season - starting at Stoke.
Arsenal travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as they look to take another step towards automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League group stages.
The Britannia has not traditionally been a happy hunting ground for Wenger’s side since Stoke’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008 but the Frenchman believes his side are now better equipped for the challenge ahead.
“That's what we want to show,” he said. “I believe that Stoke is always a difficult opponent for us and everybody. Every big team who goes to Stoke knows they get a game.
“From our side we are in a position where we want to win our remaining games. That is the only chance to master our future. We have our future in our own hands but only if we win the three games.
“That starts with Stoke so we are completely focused on cancelling their strong points but as well we want to score goals because that is what you need to win the games.
“They have played many games as well. They played in the Europa League and in the FA Cup so they have played many games this season. So that will not be an excuse from our side.”