Wenger won't rule out Reds or Magpies

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger considers it too soon to rule out Liverpool and Newcastle from a top four finish.

Rosicky battles Tiote for the ball in midfield.

After five consecutive league victories, Arsenal now stand in fourth position in the Premier League table, occupying the last Champions League qualification spot. Despite beating both Liverpool and Newcastle to get there, Wenger told arsenal.com that the two clubs could still have an impact on the top four positions. 

"It's too early to say that, I wouldn't completely rule out Newcastle nor Liverpool. Of course the most obvious battle is between Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal but you have to wait two or three games." he said.

"There are 10 games to go, but three games ago we were 10 points behind Tottenham. Things can change quickly."

Having managed Arsenal for 16 years, Wenger has seen the Premier League contenders expand from the usual "big four" to the current "big seven". He believes the added competition has made the league more stimulating and exciting for the fans.

"It is more exciting and more difficult, I believe it is promising for next season because the teams will be stronger again so it promises to be an even more exciting championship." Wenger stated.

One Gunner who has had an exciting year is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who got his first taste of Champions League football this season. The Englishman was especially impressive in Arsenal's 3-0 win over AC Milan recently, despite playing in a slightly unfamiliar central midfield position.

"It was a dream yes, but it was also a bit nerve-wracking because I haven't played there since Under-18s football I think. I think my Dad was more excited about me playing in that game than any other because he thinks I am going to drift into central midfield more as I grow older." Oxlade-Chamberlain shared.

"So it was different, a big shock to me but obviously playing against Milan with their players was a really good experience and one I won't forget."

The young winger is surrounded by attacking talent, and he knows that he need only look around the Arsenal dressing room for inspiration or guidance.

"I look at Theo [Walcott], Gervinho and Robin [Van Persie] as the three main attacking players and more recently I have been watching Tomas Rosicky because he's been outstanding."

Although club captain Van Persie has landed most of the plaudits in Arsenal's victories, Oxlade-Chamberlain has identified Rosicky as the unsung hero.

"Robin has taken most of the headlines and rightfully so with all of his fantastic goals but quietly I think Tomas has been playing absolutely amazing."

"I started my career as a central midfielder and the way that he gets the ball in midfield, turns and runs at people just makes things happen."

Arsenal will visit Everton at Goodison Park for their next Premier League fixture.



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