Wenger focused on beating Baggies

Fri, 11 May 13:06:27 2012

Arsene Wenger maintains there should be no need for Arsenal to worry about what the Tottenham and Newcastle scores are on Sunday as they look to beat West Brom to win the race for third place.

The Gunners head into the final game of what has been an extraordinary Barclays Premier League campaign with destiny somehow still in their own hands. Arsenal opened the door to their rivals in the battle to secure automatic Champions League football following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Norwich at Emirates Stadium last Saturday.

However, in the wake of Newcastle's home defeat by Manchester City and Spurs' draw at Aston Villa on Sunday, it is Wenger's men who remain in the driving seat, one point ahead and with a better goal difference.

The Gunners boss, however, insists he will not have one ear on what is happening at White Hart Lane or Goodison Park as his team aim to make every other result redundant by beating the Baggies in Roy Hodgson's final game before he takes over at England.

"It can happen that we will have to look, but normally I never do that. We want to win our game and if we do that we don't need to listen to anybody," Wenger said. "I was [deflated after the Norwich game] because it was the first time in a long while that we did not have our fate in our own hands. You don't like that to happen.

"With the results we made on Saturday, that is what happened and in fact the other teams did not take advantage of it. That is why it is back in our hands and of course it is a big lift for us, because for a long time [earlier in the season] it was not."


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