By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says he is confident his side will use their experience to help them stay relaxed during a tense final match of the season.
Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday knowing that victory would secure them third place and automatic Champions League qualification.
Wenger says that his side have the know-how to cope with the pressure and do what is required of them at the Hawthorns.
“We have known final days like this before. Games where we've played for championships, or to qualify for the Champions League,” he said.
“It's a fantastic opportunity for us that we want to take. We are used to coping with that.
“At the end of the day, it's playing football. If we have more of the ball than West Brom, we'll have more chances to win the game. That's what we'll focus on. Just be faithful to the way we want to play football.”
Despite failing to capitalise on the chance to secure third spot in recent weeks, Wenger insists he is pleased his side have their fate in their own hands.
“Three months ago, everybody would be happy to go into the final game [in this position],” he said.
“The Premier League is difficult. We came from a deep position in the league but, if you look at the way we've been to be where we are today, I think it's remarkable.”
‘I will try not to listen to other matches’
By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says he will try not to focus on the results in the matches involving Arsenal's top-three rivals on the final day of the season.
The Gunners go into Sunday’s clash at West Bromwich Albion knowing that a win would secure them third place and automatic Champions League qualification. However, any slip-up could see them punished by Tottenham, who host Fulham, or Newcastle, who travel to Everton.
But Wenger says he wants his side to take control of their own destiny and not rely on anyone else.
“It can happen that we will have to look [at other results] but normally I never do that,” he said. “We want to win our game and if we do that we don’t need to listen to anybody.
“You cannot predict what will happen. Fulham is a London derby [for Tottenham], they are a good team. Unfortunately there is no easy match in this league.”