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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can handle final day pressure

Wenger hoping for one last victory this season (©GettyImages)
Wenger hoping for one last victory this season (©GettyImages).

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his side can cope with the pressure that will come on Sunday afternoon as his team face Newcastle United at St James Park in a crucial match, which will determine their Champions League status.

Wenger and his men know they go into the final game of the season with their fate in their own hands, but rivals Tottenham are only a point behind and will be ready to make any slip-ups prove costly.

Arsenal went above Spurs in the league last night after thrashing Wigan Athletic 4-1 and they know go into the final day of the season with Champions League qualification in their sight.

There was a lot of pressure on the Gunners before the game last night as they knew only a win would be good enough, and it will be the same sort of pressure facing them come Sunday afternoon.

Wenger's men know that a win will see them finish in the top-four no matter what Tottenham do, and the manager believes his players can deal with the pressure that they will face at St James Park.

Despite saying his players can cope, he is also aware that their will be some nerves ahead of the match.

“It was dramatic because it was a difficult game,” he told Arsenal Player. “We had a good start and then in the final 20 minutes of the first half we didn't play with enough drive going forward.

“They came back into the game and it was a huge blow for us [when they scored], you could see it affected the team at half time. 

"When we came out in the second half we were a bit edgy and Wojciech made an important save at 1-1. When we scored the second it became a comfortable win afterwards.

“There will be nerves again [at Newcastle], but we have dealt with nerves for a long, long time now. It is natural of course, because it shows that [the players] care but this team is on an exceptional run and has an exceptional spirit.

“We have 70 points, the target is 73, so let's just go with the spirit and desire we have and I think we can do it.”

 

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