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Fourth crucial for Wenger

14 Apr 2007 - 11:26:18

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal side that a fourth-placed finish in the Premiership is the minimum requirement for the north London club.

A run of four games without a win has seen the Gunners come under pressure from Bolton Wanderers for fourth place, with the two sides meeting at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Wenger admitted: "It is the minimum target we want to reach at the start of every season and it will be like that every year.

"It is the minimum target because you want to win every trophy you play for. You want to be in the Champions League again and to win it next year, you have to be in it.

"We want to be there and nobody else, so I do not worry about what will happen if they get in.

"In England, you have the potential of ten massive clubs and they will not always be asleep.

"To smash in and compete in the top four, you will now have Aston Villa, Newcastle and Tottenham. They are all big clubs with the same potential as Arsenal."

Meanwhile, Wenger has confirmed that no decision has been made on the future of on-loan Real Madrid midfielder, Julio Baptista, who has scored eight goals in 29 appearances for the Gunners.

The Frenchman added: "There is nothing decided with Baptista. I will make a decision on that at the end of April.

"The fact that he has not scored recently is down to the team's overall disappointment and that we are a little bit low."


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