Sidwell seeks top four spot

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Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell is targeting the Champions League - and believes Arsenal's place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League could be vulnerable.

Sidwell, a former Arsenal trainee, featured in the 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium where Villa lived up to their billing as challengers to the traditional heavyweights of the top flight.

After being at Chelsea last season, Sidwell has highlighted the importance of consistency in maintaining a title challenge - something Arsene Wenger's side have struggled for in recent seasons.

They defeated Manchester United the previous week but followed it up with a performance that Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia described as "embarrassing".

Sidwell said: "That's my personal opinion - that you can get points at Arsenal.

"I don't know whether they maybe don't take their chances as well as Manchester United and Chelsea - those two are maybe more clinical in putting their chances away.

"I thought we deserved the points. Our tactics worked and we need to pick up on this, we need to get more consistency ourselves."

The victory took Villa level on points with Arsenal, and they appear to be the most likely contenders to gatecrash the top four.

"We're all young and hungry to do well," Sidwell said. "You never know. This league is so tight. It's about being consistent.

"When I was at Chelsea last year that was the one thing I learnt - you need to be consistent."

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