Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his side to finish the job in their quest to qualify for the Champions League, starting with a victory over Wigan on Tuesday. The Gunners know that if they win their remaining two games against Wigan and Newcastle they will qualify for the Champions League once more, pipping north London rivals Tottenham to 4th place. Wenger praised his side's recent form, saying that they must deliver in their final two games to ensure playing in Europe's top competition next season.
"Two months ago we had no chance to be where we are today so we can only be happy. What we have done, two months ago our destiny was not in our own hands, today it is so we have done that very well. So let's now finish the job and continue to play like we did until now and take the points."
They take on a Wigan side who also need to win to avoid relegation to the Championship. The Lactics made history at the weekend by beating Manchester City 1-0 to lift the FA Cup for the first time and bag their first piece of major silverware. Wenger admitted that Roberto Martinez's spirited side could definitely cause problems for Arsenal at the Emirates.
"You could see on Saturday that they had quality and they played a remarkable game when they played against Manchester City. What kind of team we will face we don't know, we know just one thing we want to be at our best in a game of that importance for us."
Wigan, buoyed by that FA cup victory, will be hoping to emulate their last performance against Arsenal at the Emirates, where two early goals from Franco Di Santo and Jordi Gomez saw them prevail 2-1 and secure Premiere league safety last season.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner