Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal to concentrate on getting themselves into the knockout stages of the Champions League with victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday rather than worry about the form of arch-rivals Tottenham.
The Gunners head into the European tie at Emirates Stadium having recorded a fifth straight Barclays Premier League win when they beat Norwich 2-1 away on Saturday to move within striking distance of the top four. It is some turnaround in fortunes following an appalling start to the season, which saw the Gunners slump to 17th.
However, with Chelsea struggling for consistency, Tottenham have found themselves London's leading challengers to the Manchester duo following their impressive Monday night win over Aston Villa which leaves them third with a game in hand. But Wenger said: "At the moment Spurs are fighting for the top four like we do. At the end we can both be in the top four, and we will try everything possible to be in front of them, but that is not enough for me. With or without Tottenham what we want is to be in the top four, that is our target."
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