Wenger: Let's worry about ourselves

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Arsene Wenger believes the unpredictable nature of the Premier League means Arsenal should only focus on their own approach, rather than worrying about what to expect from their opponents.

The Gunners boss has orchestrated an impressive return to form for the north Londoners in recent weeks, but warned his players not to let-up between now and the end of the campaign.

Having closed the gap on third-placed Tottenham to just a single point, Arsenal are back in the thick of it when it comes to the race for those all-important Champions League places.

And whilst the club may be seen to have a favourable run of fixtures ahead, the Frenchman insists there is no such thing as an easy run-in, and knows there will always be some matches that are far tougher than initially expected.

"[Sometimes] there are games that you think will be difficult but they are slightly easier than expected, and sometimes the easy game is harder than expected," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "You don't make any plans. The only thing we know is what is needed from us: to be at our best no matter what people say about the situation.

"[It is important] to keep your squad available and keep your spirit, togetherness and teamwork at a very high level. Also you must maintain belief and not tighten up. Be relaxed, focused and determined.

"We have created the momentum, so let's take care of it. Keep the urgency high, the level of commitment high, then momentum can be an advantage for you."

With five consecutive Premier League victories, spirits are high at the Emirates Stadium, and Wenger is determined to finish the 2011-12 campaign on a high.

However, he believes it is too early to call the battle for Champions League football a three-horse race, and despite trailing fifth-placed Chelsea by two and seven points respectively, Newcastle and Liverpool cannot be ruled out just yet.

The so-called 'big four' has grown into a 'big seven' this season, and Wenger believes that makes the Premier League even more challenging, but also increasingly entertaining.

"It's too early to say that. I wouldn't completely rule out Newcastle nor Liverpool," he continued. "Of course the most obvious battle is between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal but you have to wait two or three games.

"There are 10 games to go, but three games ago we were 10 points behind Tottenham. Things can change quickly. You just want to be focused on your next game and give everything.

"It is more exciting and more difficult. [But] I believe it is promising for next season because the teams will be stronger again so it promises to be an even more exciting championship."

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