Szczesny: Champions League the bare minimum

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Wojciech Szczesny believes qualification for the Champions League is the bare minimum Arsenal should be achieving every year.

The Gunners are currently embroiled in a fierce battle with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool for a spot in Europe’s leading club competition next season while they still have there sights set on catching rivals Tottenham in third spot above them.


Arsenal sit three points clear of Chelsea in fourth after their win against Liverpool on Saturday as both Chelsea and Tottenham stumbled to defeat, with the former’s 1-0 loss against West Brom costing Andre Villas-Boas his job.


With the Blues troubles likely to play into Arsenal’s hands and Liverpool ten points adrift in seventh place, Arsene Wenger’s side look likely to book their place in the Champions League for the 15th consecutive season, with Szczesny describing it as ‘the least’ the club deserves.


"It is important for everyone at the club. This club deserves to be in the Champions League. It is the least you can ask for," he told reporters.


"If we can repeat the performances that we have made in the last few weeks against the likes of Blackburn, Sunderland, Tottenham and Liverpool, if we can keep that spirit then it is all in our hands and we are confident that we can get there.


"It is tough. I can’t imagine Arsenal dropping ten points before the end of the season. The way we have played in the last few weeks has shown there is something special about the team. It will be very hard for Liverpool but you can never say never," he added.


Szczesny was in the thick of the action against Liverpool as he first conceded then saved a penalty, with Robin van Persie insisting the shot-stopper was more deserving of the man of the match award than himself after a string of excellent saves.


The Pole accredits Wenger with instilling the belief in him to become the Gunners' number one, and says he is keen to repay that faith by keeping clean sheets.


"He made me the No.1 goalkeeper at Arsenal at 20 years of age. That gives you a lot of confidence and I am just trying to repay that faith with every single performance.


"At a young age it is hard to be consistent. I have had my ups and downs. But the manager keeps believing in me and I hope that performances like this just prove him right."

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