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Friday, March 23, 2012

Arsenal close in on top-four spot

Arsenal boosted their chances of maintaining their place in the top-four of the Premier league table come the end of the season with a professional 3-0 victory against Aston Villa at the Emirates. Goals from Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta helped the Gunners to a comfortable victory, against a Villa side that were never going to threaten – especially with flump-footed Emile Heskey in attack.

While the club's form during the first half of the season had some believing Arsene Wenger had lost the plot, how the club are ending the campaign has proved the Frenchman is still very much capable of achieving things with this squad and the online betting reflects this.

Following on from their gruelling victory against Everton in mid-week, this victory from Arsenal was even more impressive, despite some looking a little tired. Wenger was delighted with taking six points from the two games, including two clean sheets, admitting a place in the top-four would take care of itself if the team kept winning.

"A draw was alright for us, but the most important thing for us was to win the game, to make a little distance. It's still open. It will be down to how we play now"

"Overall I'm pleased with what the players have done again this week. We were absolutely outstanding."

A late charge for the title may appear a little too much for the club to achieve in the season's closing stages, although, a strong end to the season would do a lot for Arsenal's confidence going into next year. Fans of Betfair need to remember this.

Maintaining their place in the Champions League is also essential to the club if they are going to persuade Robin van Persie to commit himself to the club, rather than the seemingly inevitable move to Manchester City.

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