WENGER WANTS CONSISTENT RUN-IN
Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to end any doubt over what the end-of-season run-in will bring by winning all of their remaining seven matches - starting with title-chasing Manchester City on Sunday.
Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United could be eight points clear should they beat relegation-scrappers QPR at Old Trafford, laying down a marker before their rivals kick off at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal, meanwhile, slipped a point behind Tottenham in the race for third after their 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday.
Wenger, though, expects his side to produce the required performance which saw them win seven on the spin before a lacklustre effort at QPR was punished by a 2-1 defeat last weekend.
"We have been consistent in the last two months and if we maintain that consistency there will not be many twists and turns," the Arsenal manager said.
"You never know how easy a programme is in this Premier League because if you look at the last two months we won at Liverpool and Everton, and then lost at QPR. That was not really predictable, so it is still difficult to predict."
Wenger added: "I am convinced we can finish third, like Tottenham are convinced they can do it. That is normal because we are at the same level of points."
Gunners skipper Robin van Persie echoed Wenger's call for the team to concentrate on their own jobs rather than worry about what City may or may not do.
"We are well prepared, because you have to know your stuff about the opposition, but in the end it's about your own performance that will hopefully make the difference," Van Persie wrote in his programme notes for Sunday's match at Emirates Stadium.
"I am confident that we can get a good result - we have to get three points, a draw is not that good for either of us, so it should be a great game."
The last two Premier League encounters between the sides at Emirates Stadium have both ended in goalless draws, while in November City edged past a mixed Arsenal side 1-0 in the Carling Cup.
Wenger, though, is not expecting the Blues to park the bus in an attempt to remain undefeated.
"Manchester City could be eight points behind United at the start of the game. We will be in a situation where we want to win the game, so it promises to be a very offensive match," Wenger told Arsenal Player.
"In recent seasons, Manchester City came to Arsenal playing for the draw and I feel that this time both teams will go for the win.
"Manchester City are in a position as well where one point is not good enough and that is why it will be a very exciting game.
"It is a match where everybody will give absolutely everything."
Wenger added: "Manchester City have good potential and I believe personally that we are a different team now.
"We are more stable and it is a good opportunity to show it."
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