Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his team to gain a stranglehold in the top four during a run of winter games which he admits could define the club's season.

The festive period proved fruitful for the Gunners last term as they beat Chelsea and drew with Manchester City, and this year, having climbed to fifth place, they face much easier opponents in the form of Wolves, QPR and Fulham. Nevertheless, Wenger knows a slip-up could cost Arsenal dearly as they are just two points ahead of sixth-place Liverpool.

"We know we have an opportunity to gain a better position on the table. It's down to us to do our job," Wenger said. "In the Premier League the Christmas period is vital to get your points. We have responded well to our defeat at Man City with a win at Aston Villa, so now it's down to us to do the job at home and get the points against Wolves on Tuesday."

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