Arsenal Needs Consistency to Beat Everton to Champions League Football- Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the race for the fourth Champions League slot available to the Premier League, will be won by the most “consistent” side.

The North London club hosts neigbours West Ham on Tuesday night, while fellow contenders Everton entertain Crystal Palace.

Wenger’s men could close up the two-point gap registered by the Toffees over the weekend- with the 1-0 win at Sunderland- by claiming all three point against Sam Allardyce’s side and hope their rivals drop points soon.

Wenger believes Both Everton and Arsenal Have Difficult Games.
Wenger believes Both Everton and Arsenal Have Difficult Games.

“It’s down to consistency and we have just to focus on our results and see where we finish,” Wenger said.

“The quality of our performances, the quality of our spirit and our focus [makes me think we can finish in the top four].

“Experience counts of course. But the difference will be the quality of that you produce on the pitch and that is down to desire, to be faithful to our game we want to play and get everybody back in our squad.”

With five more games left to the close of the league campaign, Wenger believes both teams have a huge task up their sleeves.

The Gunners still have Newcastle (H), West Brom (H), Norwich (A) and FA Cup final opponents, Hull City (A) to play, while Everton are yet to host Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as visiting Southampton and Hull City.

“I believe that they have difficult games, and we have difficult games. We want to focus now on what we know we can do. We have a more complete squad and we want to win our games, no matter what Everton does. We want to finish in a strong way,” the 64-year-old French boss added.

Several players, who featured in Saturday’s marathon FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan face fitness test ahead of the Tuesday’s match against the ‘Hammers’.

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky (thigh) and centre-half Laurent Koscielny (calf) could return after missing Wembley, but ALex-Oxlad-Chamberlain (groin), and full-back Nacho Monreal (dead leg) are doubts, and forward Lukas Podolski, who suffered a dislocated finger, has also reported muscle tightness in his leg.

West Ham skipper kelvin Nolanis a doubt for the fixtre, after suffering a hamstring injury during the recent 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Joey O’Brien is back to training after a dislocated shoulder but fellow defender george McCartney (hamstring) and striker Marco Borrielo (calf) will miss out.

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