Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal not to drop any more points in race for 'vital' Champions League place

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, but with two games in hand

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Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal can’t afford to waste any more points, if they are to achieve the “vital” objective of again qualifying for the Champions League.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, but with two games in hand. That comes after a strange month where they have only played one league game, a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, due to the amount of cup commitments.

“For us it’s vital, of course,” Wenger said. “It’s a strange championship because there’s no continuity at the moment - we’ve had games cancelled, after you play away, you don’t play, you play FA Cup and you play away again.

"So you don’t really know where you stand. You have not the same number of games, you have not the continuity home and away. What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.

Asked what would constitute a successful season for Arsenal, Wenger said: “Success, it’s not down to me to judge that. I’ll leave that to you.

"Our job is to do as well as we can until the end of the season. We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will of course depend on that.

"On the rest, we are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall that’s our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see… Look, nothing is good enough any more, so anyway, you try to do as well as you can.”

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