AOC relishing 'exciting' top four battle

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits his side cannot miss out on qualifying for the Champions League but remains confident of a top four finish this season.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain


The Gunners are currently battling with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.

However, Arsenal's fate is no longer in their own hands; Arsene Wenger's men will finish fifth this season even if they win their remaining fixtures but other results do not go their way.

Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he is looking forward to the conclusion of the top four race but has urged his side not to be bothered about both Spurs and Chelsea's results and instead focus on themselves for the next three games.

"It's really tight [at the moment]," Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Sun. 

"At the same time it is exciting and we know what we've got to do as well. 

"We cannot look around too much at what's going on with Spurs and Chelsea because that's when you get side-tracked from what your own goals are."

Oxlade-Chamberlain also acknowledged his side were under immense pressure to qualify for the Champions League, but he remains confident the Gunners handle the weight of expectations placed upon them.

"We are definitely conscious of the fact we have to make the Champions League," Oxlade-Chamberlain declared. 

"Arsenal are a massive club, there's always pressure and expectation but that's what we have to cope with.

"That's why we have been signed, to deal with high pressure situations and perform at a level which keeps the club where it deserves to be. 

"We have a tough three games to try and make that happen. I'm sure Tottenham and Chelsea are feeling pressure to do the same."

Arsenal's next fixture sees them take on QPR, but although the Hoops have been relegated following last weekend's 0-0 draw with Reading, Oxlade-Chamberlain does not expect his side to have an easy time against Harry Redknapp's men.

"I think it's going to be tricky," Oxlade-Chamberlain mused. 

"We found it difficult there last season and lost so there will be no complacency on our part.

"The fact they are already down might mean they will have a more relaxed approach. That will make it hard for us and might make them play better.

"They have a lot of quality players who can pop up and do good things on the pitch. We have to make sure we go out with the right attitude and get the points."

Arsenal have won four of their last six games and will take on QPR, Wigan and Newcastle in their remaining Premier League fixtures.

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