Arsene Wenger insists he not concerned with the outcome of Saturday’s crucial clash between Chelsea and Tottenham, which could go some way to defining the make up of the top four come the end of the season.
Arsenal leapfrogged Spurs into third place on Wednesday - the first time they have reached that position in the league this season - thanks to a 1-0 win over Everton while their north London rivals struggled to a 1-1 draw with Stoke.
Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on the same night means the Gunners now enjoy a six point cushion in the race to secure Champions League football next season, while their two main rivals for a top four spot go head to head on Saturday.
Wenger’s men have the chance to open up as much as an eight point gap between them and fifth place if they can take maximum points from their home tie against and the clash at Stamford Bridge ends in a stalemate.
However the Frenchman insists his focus is on his team only and not what is going on elsewhere.
“What I want us to continue is our run and not be in a position where you have to look at the other results,” he told Arsenal Player.
“That is why I believe that the main focus is on us, not to be obsessed by other results and to just keep going.
“Of course the players will be aware of what is going on but it is not the last day of the season. We are in a position where what will matter is what we do at three o'clock against Aston Villa.
“We have to be professional and focus on what is important. What is important is our performance. We are happy and we keep people who love Arsenal happy if we turn up with a top performance."
Arsenal go into their fixture against Villa having won their last six Premier League games, with their excellent form helping them take advantage of Spurs’ recent stumble that has seen them go four successive games without a win.
“We have regained credit with our fans because we have shown a fantastic attitude and the more we show that, the more we will gain credit,” Wenger explained. “That is the most important thing to do.”
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