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Arsenal won't dwell on Norwich draw

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Arsenal defender Francis Coquelin admits yesterday's 3-3 draw with Norwich City is a "massive blow" to the club's hopes of automatic Champions League qualification, but says the players must stay positive and focus on beating West Brom next weekend.

The Gunners travel to The Hawthorns next Sunday for the final game of the 2011-12 season, still with hopes of a top three finish in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger's side surrendered the initiative in the race for third spot when a late Steve Morison goal earned the Canaries a share of the points at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

However, Coquelin says neither he, nor his teammates, can afford to dwell on the disappointing result, and must now turn their attention to their Baggies contest.

"When you come back to 3-2 at home you expect to hold the result, and it didn't happen so obviously the whole team is really disappointed," he told Arsenal Player.

"We played better in the second half and scored two goals, but fair play to Norwich, they didn't give up and got the equaliser. We're battling for third, but this was a massive blow.

"It is not down to us now, we just need to focus on West Brom and try to claim the three points. We will give 100 per cent until the end of the season. We have one last game and we need to win."

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