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Wenger eyes third place

SoccerNews in English Premier League 12 Apr 2012

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident his side are on course to finish third in the Premier League after their 3-0 victory over Wolves.

Goals from Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Yossi Benayoun gave the Londoners their second win within four days, following their dramatic victory over Manchester City at the weekend.

Wenger is hopeful of ending the season on a high but remains wary of another setback that could derail a promising end to the campaign.

“We’ve still got a long way to go at least we’re in a strong position now. It is looking good but when you have my experience you’re always cautious,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“The target is to win our games, starting with the next one.”

Arsenal struggled in the early stages of the season following the departure of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy to Manchester City as well as losing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona.

Wenger said losing those players had an impact on the team as well as having injuries to other members of his squad.

However, the French boss is pleased with the way his team have overcome their poor start to finish the season well.

“It was a difficult period because we had many players going away and very late. We had many injuries that were not expected but overall you have to deal with that,” he said.

“We’ve kept a good spirit and that’s where we are today.”

Wolves manager Terry Connor has been resilient in the face of near-certain relegation, but demanded his players continue to fight despite looking destined for Championship football next season.

“If we don’t (stay up), we don’t,” Connor told BBC Sport, when asked about their survival prospects.

“If I get five more efforts like I got tonight with 11 players on the pitch, we will get as many points as we possibly can.”

Connor said his side showed more desire than the scoreline against Arsenal suggested, and said similar efforts would at least see them finish the campaign with pride.

“It’s a tough time and things seem to go against you when you are bottom of the league but the spirit and togetherness the lads showed today is all I can ask for in the next five games,” he said.

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