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Wenger: Arsenal in strong position

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Arsene Wenger was disappointed Arsenal could not convert their chances © Getty Images
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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are in a strong position to reach next season's Champions League despite not finding a breakthrough against Everton on Tuesday night.

The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw at The Emirates, seeing them in third spot go two points ahead of Chelsea but having played two games more.

The home side were wasteful in front of goal, and Wenger was left frustrated by the missed opportunities from his players.

"We showed fantastic focus for 90 minutes,'' he said. "It was disappointing we couldn't take our chances. Overall, we kept a clean sheet, which was the target. We had the chances to score. Maybe we looked too much for power and not enough to place the ball.

"We're in a strong position [for the Champions League]. We are on a strong run. If we keep this fighting spirit I'm sure we'll get there."

Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes admitted his side will have to win their remaining five games if they are to stand any chance of playing in the Champions League.

Everton are a couple of points off Chelsea in fourth spot, and like Arsenal have played two games more. They are also the same number of points behind Tottenham.

Everton are set to face Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at Anfield and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and have encounters against Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland, Fulham and West Ham also to come.

"We probably need to win all our games to have any chance but the players are playing well, we've had a couple of really hard away games and we keep picking up points," Moyes told Sky Sports.

"I thought it was a really good game, it was end to end, we played some good stuff and we had to defend well. It was never going to be easy for us but I'm not going to be too despondent with a point even though I wanted to win it.

"We got a little bit fortunate and there were a couple of bits of fantastic defending to make sure we didn't concede a goal. We didn't have as many chances as we would have liked in the second half, but any manager who comes here knows that you're not going to get loads of opportunities."

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