De Jong focused on third

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Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong says the club have their eyes on usurping third placed Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League and qualifying automatically for the Champions League.

Although fourth place would be enough for City to take their place in Europe's premier club competition, they would require an awkward two-legged knock-out tie to reach the group stage at the beginning of next season.

Despite looking over their shoulder at Tottenham Hotspur, who are still in the hunt for a top four finish, De Jong admits the FA Cup finalists harbour ambitions of overtaking the Gunners.


"You have to aim as high as you can and all we can do is focus on each game and keep collecting three points," said De Jong. 

"This is a collective effort. Last weekend was a good one for Manchester City and now our job as a team is to make sure that this weekend is a good one too.


"We are in the top four and that is where we want to stay.

"If we keep our focus then of course we can challenge for third place but all we can do is keep winning and see what happens."

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