By FOX SPORTS staff
Four points off London rivals Tottenham, who occupy the final Champions League qualification place in the Premier League table, Arsenal are aware that they cannot afford to be careless in the final stretch of the season if they are to overhaul Andre Villas-Boas' team.
Wenger told the Daily Mirror that there was certainly pressure on the Gunners to make the cut for Europe's top club competition, but he believed the players could use such expectations to their advantage.
"You want me to say we are under pressure, and I say yes," Wenger admitted.
"We want to use this pressure in a positive way, that means as a stimulating incitement to play our best football. When you speak about maturity, that is where we can show that we have maturity."
Arsenal welcome relegation-threatened Reading to the Emirates Stadium over the weekend, with the Frenchman yet to decide whether to start Wojciech Szczesny between the posts. Despite Lukasz Fabianski starting in goal for the team's last two games, Wenger insisted that the Polish international Szczesny still had a future with the club.
"There is a not a lot more to say. We are in a competitive world, he has nearly played 100 games for this club and at his age that is absolutely fantastic. The rest, we have ups and downs in our form and we have to fight against that," he said to the club's official website.
"He has a great future. He is a very young goalkeeper. You do not find very many goalkeepers at his age who have the experience he has already. That’s why I believe he has a great future. But he lives in a world where competition exists."