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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can finish in the top four


On Tuesday night Arsenal went back into the top four of the Premier League, as they gutted out a 3-1 win over London rivals West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium.

Talking to reporters after the game, their manager Arsene Wenger knows his side must keep their foot to the floor for the rest of the season if they’re going to overhaul Everton’s slender advantage in the race for a top four finish.

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The Toffees have a game in hand and are one point behind Arsenal, meaning that if Roberto Martinez’s side win out, they will finish fourth and qualify for the UEFA Champions League at Arsenal’s expense.

However Wenger is adamant there will be no easy games between now and the end of the season, as he’s focusing on what the Gunners can do.

“In the Premier League, if you can find me some easy games I am taking them, but I haven’t seen some this season,” Wenger said. “We know we have to win our games and hope that Everton will slip up somewhere. Let’s focus on our job and not look too much at Everton. If we need that we’ll see when we need it, but at the moment we can only do it if we win our games, so let’s focus on that.”

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With back-to-back wins (well, we are calling Saturday’s PK defeat of Wigan in the FA Cup semifinal a win) confidence is building in Arsenal’s camp ahead of their four remaining games. With away trips to Hull and Norwich to negotiate, plus extremely winnable home matches against Newcastle and West Brom, you’d expect Wenger’s men to pick up maximum points and finish on 79 points at the end of the season.

If they win out, will Arsenal clinch the final UCL spot over Everton? Wenger believes his side have a very good chance.

“It improves the confidence of the team. Saturday and tonight improves the confidence of the team, but we know we have one advantage – the picture is very clear in front of us,” Wenger said. “We have compulsory wins in front of us. We want to do it of course. It doesn’t depend solely on us but it’s a good chance that if we win all our games it’s possible, yes.”

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

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Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.