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Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal can cope with pressure'

Wenger: 'Arsenal can cope with pressure'
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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal's recent form shows that they can thrive under pressure as they look to secure Champions League football.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that his side can cope with pressure as they sit on the brink of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

The Gunners have their fate in their own hands heading into the final match of the campaign, where a victory at Newcastle United will guarantee them a place in Europe's elite competition next term.

The North London outfit are unbeaten in their last nine matches, and Wenger believes this streak shows that Arsenal can thrive when put under the spotlight.

"There will be nerves again at Newcastle, but we have dealt with nerves for a long time now," Wenger told ESPN.

"Nerves are natural because it shows what it means, but this team is on an exceptional run and has an exceptional spirit.

"We have 70 points, the target is 73, so let's just go with the spirit and desire we have and I think we can do it. It is still in our hands and we have to take it."

Arsenal travel to Newcastle in their final game of the season on Sunday.

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