Date: 25th April 2017 at 10:29am
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Manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and explained Arsenal will need a near ‘perfect run in’ if we are to secure a Champions League and top four place this season.

Arsenal sit seven points behind Manchester City in fourth place in the Premier League table and we now head into the midweek clash against Leicester City.

Speaking to the Mirror as he met with the media for his pre game press conference, Wenger opened with talk about the 23 year old who had been impressive in the new wing back role he’s occupied in recent matches.

With him being substituted last weekend in the FA Cup semi final victory over Manchester City, Wenger played down concerns over his fitness explaining.

‘It was precautionary and not a serious injury. We will test him today. It was a foot injury.’

In general fitness terms, adding.

‘We have medical checks today to see who is available. Nobody picked up any injuries in the game.’

Whilst there’s certainly more of his pre game press conference to come out, the Daily Mail also have him talking about how the club need to go on a ‘perfect run’ in our remaining matches this year to give us the best chance of continuing our 20 year Champions League qualifying streak.

‘It is open, but what is demanded from us is a consistency of results between now and the end of the season. It is still possible, but we need a perfect run-in. It (Manchester City) will give us a lift for sure but we have to show we can keep that level of desire and hunger in every game. That has to be the target and so to achieve that we have to win the next one and we have to transfer the energy level we showed on Sunday into the Premiership.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘It will give us a bit more confidence and convince everybody with the right energy level, the right fighting spirit and togetherness, we can beat anybody.’

Dodging questions about his future, he went on to speak about the switch to three at the back again.

‘I believe that what it did was get the focus of the players on something that is concrete and forget anxiety and uncertainty. When the team doesn’t do well, to focus on something different, to give them something different, is to focus on something that might be better. We have to come back and fight like mad to win our games.’

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