Arsene Wenger has called for the speculation surrounding the outcome of Arsenal’s final six games of the season to stop, declaring it 'impossible' to guess where his side will finish.
The Gunners appear on course to secure a top four spot after recent slip ups from both Tottenham and Chelsea, with tonight’s trip to Molineux offering them the chance to move five points clear of their rivals and tighten their grasp on third place.
It could have been so different after Arsenal’s shock 2-1 defeat against QPR last weekend, however Spurs also slipped up against Norwich on Monday on the back of a 0-0 draw with Sunderland, while Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Fulham also offered the north London side some breathing space.
Wenger’s side responded to their defeat against Mark Hughes' side with a well-deserved 1-0 win over Manchester City, and the Frenchman believes that recent results make it impossible to decipher what will happen in the final games of the season.
"For some people these predictions are their job," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "Believe me, they don't know much better than you or me and the result of every game is just a consequence of your performance on the day.
"Nobody can really predict that because your performance on the day depends on you, but also depends on the other team as well. To predict both is nearly impossible. You can have an idea but football has surprised us so many times, especially recently in the last two or three months.
"We have all been surprised by many results and predictions. What would be interesting is to make a championship of the predictors and see who comes out on top at the end."
Arsenal face a potentially crucial tie against Chelsea in their next Premier League encounter following their trip to take on Wolves, which could go some way to deciding the make up of the top four come the end of the season.
However Wenger has called on his players not get drawn into the hype surrounding the increasingly tight race for a top four spot, and demanded they focus on their upcoming fixture rather than looking ahead.
"Let's not anticipate, that is something else that is important,” he commented.
“When it gets to the last sprint, the focus on the next game becomes the most important part because you are always tempted to anticipate. We have the experience to know just to deal with the next one and that is the only important thing."