Gunners star sets finish target
Gervinho maintains everyone at Arsenal should be proud if the Gunners end a testing campaign in the Premier League with third place.
The Gunners host Chelsea on Saturday aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of Monday night's shock 2-1 home defeat by Wigan. Arsenal are currently five points ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham and Newcastle, and some seven in front of the Blues, albeit having now played a match more.
While it has been a remarkable turnaround by Arsene Wenger to guide his men back into Champions League contention following an appalling start, which saw them slump down as low as 17th place, qualification for next season's elite European competition is far from guaranteed.
Indeed, should Chelsea, who won the first leg of their semi-final against Barcelona 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, go on to win the competition in Munich next month but fail to finish in at least fourth place, then they would take the spot in next season's group stages and consign their rivals to the Europa League.
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho, however, insists the Gunners are fully focused on delivering the required performances over the closing four games to make that possibility irrelevant.
"We want to be among the top three. The whole group is very motivated and we are already happy to be where we are," Gervinho told Arsenal Player. "We can still do better with the four matches coming. We are fighting only for third place, we don't think about fourth spot."
He added: "Everybody is determined to fight until the end, from the players and the manager to the fans, to maintain third place. If we manage to keep it then everybody should be proud because we fought very hard for it."