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Apr 15, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at Emirates Stadium
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Lukas Podolski hails "important" win for Arsenal

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski believes that the team's 3-1 win over West Ham United could be "important" in the race for the final Champions League place.

Lukas Podolski has said that Arsenal's win over West Ham United is "important" for their hopes of securing Champions League football next season.

The 3-1 win at the Emirates this evening has moved the Gunners back into fourth, although Everton can jump back ahead with a win tomorrow.

Podolski, who scored twice tonight, told BBC Sport: "The Champions League is very important and we must focus on the next game to ensure that we can qualify. It was important to score before half time and for us to get a win in a local derby.

"The FA Cup is after the season, we leave it now and we focus on the Premier League because everyone wants to play in the Champions League. The atmosphere is amazing and it is important for the club."

Arsenal face fellow FA Cup finalists Hull City at the weekend.

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